An Overview of Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice is a criminal offense that involves the attempt to interfere with the court. Common scenarios include threatening a judge, destroying evidence, or bribing the jury. Those attempting to obstruct justice may be seeking to prevent communication, influence testimony, delay proceedings, or avoid a sentence or court process.

In order to prevent obstruction of justice, the federal courts mandated a series of criminal statutes that strive to protect the integrity of judicial proceedings. Any conduct that interferes with standard judicial process can be considered an obstruction of justice. One of the most famous instances of obstruction of justice occurred during the Watergate scandal, during which seven of President Nixon’s top aides were convicted of damaging relevant information.

Being accused of obstruction of justice is a serious charge that can lead to fines or jail time as well as a damaged reputation. If you live in the Miami-area and are facing such a charge, consider turning to the skilled team at Barzee Flores, who have years of experience with obstruction of justice charges.

About the author: William Barzee is a Managing Partner and attorney with Barzee Flores, which he helped establish in September 2008.


About William Barzee

Miami native William Barzee has lived, attended school, and worked in the south Florida city his entire life. Attending Coral Gables Senior High School as a teenager, he later enrolled at the University of Miami, also in Coral Gables. During his undergraduate years, he joined various student organizations. He served as a Student Representative to the University’s Board of Trustees and spent time as the President of the student government. William Barzee’s scholastic aptitude earned him memberships in the Iron Arrow Society, the Appeals Committee, and the Honor Council. Finishing his degree at Florida International University in Miami, William Barzee earned a Bachelor of Arts and became a member of a Phi-Lambda national honors fraternity. Returning to the University of Miami at its School of Law to earn his legal degree, he supplemented his studies with a variety of services. Contributing to a national mock trial team, William Barzee also participated as a Finals Review Student Lecturer and Honor Council Student Advocate. He wrote for the University of Miami Law Review and won an American Jurisprudence Book Award before graduating cum laude. Accepting his first career position with the Law Offices of the Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, William Barzee spent over three years as a Special Assistant Public Defender and close to five years as an Assistant Federal Public Defender. After a year and a half as a solo practitioner in Miami, he cofounded his criminal law practice Barzee Flores. Located at the Courthouse Center, 40 N.W. 3rd Street Penthouse 1 in Miami, Barzee Flores has represented clients in federal and state cases since 2008. For more information on Mr. Barzee and the law firm, please visit
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