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.