William Barzee: Understanding Obstruction-of-Justice Charges (Part Two)

As Managing Partner with Barzee Flores Attorneys At Law in Miami, William Barzee frequently assists clients in defending obstruction-of-justice charges. William Barzee notes that obstruction-of-justice charges vary widely in degree and severity and are particularly common in criminal cases where authorities feel that an individual has tampered with, destroyed, or withheld evidence.

Other proximate causes of obstruction-of-justice charges include making false statements about a crime or trying to influence a witness’s actions. Simply making a misleading statement pertaining to a case can be enough to bring about such a charge, and the same is true in regard to alerting a colleague or friend that a criminal case is imminent.

Charges are also frequently brought against plaintiffs when they refuse to cooperate with prosecuting attorneys in investigations about their affairs. With insufficient evidence at hand to prove the original case, prosecuting attorneys may use the threat of obstruction of justice to pressure the suspect into incriminating himself or herself and facing more serious charges. With expertise in the full range of such situations, William Barzee focuses on providing clients with an aggressive defense that fully protects their rights.


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 www.barzeeflores.com.
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