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Obstructing Justice 

An act that interferes with or is even intended to interfere with the legal process can be considered obstruction of justice. Chapter 843 of the Florida Statutes lists 26 different offenses that constitute obstructing justice in the Sunshine State.

These crimes may be classified as misdemeanor or felony offenses in Florida, but there are also federal obstruction of justice statutes established under Chapter 73 of Title 18 in the United States Code that are classified as felony crimes. Whether a person faces the state or federal versions of these charges, it is critical to take the cases seriously as prosecutors, judges, and juries can all take extremely unfavorable views of alleged offenders accused of these types of crimes.

Melbourne Florida Obstructing Justice and Disorderly Conduct Lawyer

Are you under investigation or have you been arrested for some type of alleged obstruction of justice in Florida? You will want to immediately ensure that you have skilled legal counsel capable of getting these charges reduced or dismissed.

James Coulter, our Brevard County obstructing justice attorney at The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defend clients all over Melbourne Florida and surrounding areas in Central Florida who are facing these state or federal charges. We will provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case as soon as you call (321) 586-9944 today to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation.

Florida Obstructing Justice Information Center

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Types of Obstructing Justice Crimes in Brevard County

Crimes of obstruction of justice, which are included in Chapter 843 of the Florida Statutes, involve a deliberate and knowing attempt to disrupt or interfere with the duties of law enforcement, government agencies, or criminal courts.

A few of the most common types of obstruction of justice crimes in Florida include, but are not limited to:

  • Aiding Escape — Florida Statute § 843.12
  • Aiding Escape of Juvenile Inmates of Correctional Institutions — Florida Statute § 843.13
  • Compounding Felony — Florida Statute § 843.14
  • Conveying Tools Into Jail to Aid Escape; Forcible Rescue — Florida Statute § 843.11
  • Depriving Crime Victim of Medical Care — Florida Statute § 843.21
  • Depriving Officer of Means of Protection or Communication — Florida Statute § 843.025
  • Failure of Defendant on Bail to Appear — Florida Statute § 843.15
  • Falsely Personating Officer — Florida Statute § 843.08
  • Neglect or Refusal to Aid Peace Officers — Florida Statute § 843.06
  • Obstruction by Disguised Person — Florida Statute § 843.03
  • Publishing Name and Address of Law Enforcement Officer — Florida Statute § 843.17
  • Refusing to Assist Prison Officers in Arresting Escaped Convicts — Florida Statute § 843.04
  • Resisting an Officer With Violence — Florida Statute § 843.01
  • Resisting an Officer Without Violence (ROWOV) — Florida Statute § 843.02
  • Unlawful Possession of a Concealed Handcuff Key — Florida Statute § 843.021
  • Unlawful Use of Police Badges or Other Indicia of Authority — Florida Statute § 843.085
  • Unlawful Use of Police Communications — Florida Statute § 843.167

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Obstructing Justice Penalties in Melbourne, Florida

Any criminal action that is considered an obstruction of justice in Florida carries potentially severe consequences. The possible terms of incarceration, as well as the amount of any possible fine, will depend on the classification of the alleged offense.

Depending on the type of obstructing justice crime, a person could face the following statutory maximum sentences:

  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor —Up to 60 days in jail and/or fines of up to $500
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to one year in jail and/or fines of up to $1,000
  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to five years in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000
  • Second-Degree Felony — Up to 15 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000

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Federal Obstructing Justice Charges in Brevard County

Obstruction of justice is far from being just a state crime. In fact, federal cases involving this criminal offense can carry extremely serious penalties.

In federal cases, an alleged offender who is convicted of obstructing justice can face the same maximum sentence that applies to the underlying case in which his or her obstruction occurred. If the obstruction occurred in a case in which he or she is the defendant, then the potential maximum sentence can then be doubled.

Obstruction of justice crimes listed under Chapter 73 of the United States Code include, but are not limited to:

  • Assault on process server —18 U.S.C. § 1501
  • Civil action to protect against retaliation in fraud cases — 18 U.S.C. § 1514A
  • Civil action to restrain harassment of a victim or witness — 18 U.S.C. § 1514
  • Destruction of corporate audit records — 18 U.S.C. § 1520
  • Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy — 18 U.S.C. § 1519
  • Influencing juror by writing — 18 U.S.C. § 1504
  • Influencing or injuring officer or juror generally — 18 U.S.C. § 1503
  • Obstruction of court orders — 18 U.S.C. § 1509
  • Obstruction of criminal investigations — 18 U.S.C. § 1510
  • Obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees — 18 U.S.C. § 1505
  • Obstruction of State or local law enforcement — 18 U.S.C. § 1511
  • Recording, listening to, or observing proceedings of grand or petit juries while deliberating or voting — 18 U.S.C. § 1508
  • Resistance to extradition agent — 18 U.S.C. § 1502
  • Retaliating against a Federal judge or Federal law enforcement officer by false claim or slander of title — 18 U.S.C. § 1521
  • Retaliating against a witness, victim, or an informant — 18 U.S.C. § 1513
  • Tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant — 18 U.S.C. § 1512
  • Theft or alteration of record or process; false bail — 18 U.S.C. § 1506

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Melbourne, Florida and Brevard County, Florida Obstructing Justice Resources

Brevard County Office of the Florida Department of Corrections — You can perform an offender search, see a PDF of the strategic plan for the Department of Corrections, and learn about inmate mortality at this website of the Brevard County Circuit Office serving Brevard County and Osceola County. There also addresses for seven offices, a list of community-based sanctions and programs, and a link to general information.

855 Camp Road
Cocoa, Florida 32927
(321) 634-6000

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Officer Ethical Standards of Conduct — This website contains information about the purpose, policy, scope, rationale, and rules that are among police officer requirements. You can also find publications, quick facts, and perform various searches.

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Find An Obstructing Justice Lawyer in Melbourne Florida

If you are being investigated or have already been arrested for an alleged obstruction of justice in Brevard County Florida, you will want to have legal representation as soon as possible before making any kind of statement to law enforcement. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fights to protect the rights of clients throughout the greater Melbourne area, including tourists who live out of state but were arrested during a visit to Florida.

Our firm maintains a strong commitment to achieving the most favorable outcome to these types of cases, and our backgrounds as both a prosecutor and a public defender enable us to bring a unique perspective to every person’s specific charges. You can have our Brevard County obstructing justice attorney review your case during a free consultation by calling (321) 586-9944 right now.

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