Obstructing Justice/Resisting Arrest

Obstructing Justice/Resisting Arrest Lawyer in Northern Virginia


Law enforcement officers, judges, and prosecutors have incredibly important jobs to do, so when an individual impedes their ability to complete their duties, they may be charged with obstructing justice. Because people who commit these crimes are preventing officials from carrying out justice, they can face heavy penalties like jail time and fines. If you’ve been charged with obstructing justice or resisting arrest, it’s important that you understand your charge and how to defend against it.

You must partner with an experienced attorney that will work to give you the most favorable outcome for your obstruction of justice case. The experienced attorneys at J. Madison PLC will closely analyze your case and determine a strategy for fighting the charge in court.

What is Obstructing Justice?

Obstructing justice is described in Virginia code 18.2-460. If a person knowingly impedes a judge, justice, juror, magistrate, law enforcement officer, or prosecutor from completing their duties, either by threats, intimidation, and/or violence, they are guilty of obstructing justice. A person who knowingly provides false information to law enforcement officers, attorneys, judges, etc., is also guilty of obstructing justice.

What is Resisting Arrest?

Resisting arrest (described in 18.2-479.1) occurs when an individual prevents or attempts to prevent a police officer from arresting him or her. A person guilty of resisting arrest must flee or attempt to flee from the law enforcement officer when the officer attempts to make an arrest.

Obstructing Justice/Resisting Arrest Penalties

Obstructing justice can be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances of the case. An incident in which an individual impedes an officer without the use of violence is a class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum 12-month jail sentence and up to a $2,500 fine. If an individual threatens to physically harm the officer or actually harms them, the charge can increase to a class 5 felony, with up to 10 years in jail.

Resisting arrest is a class 1 misdemeanor that can be punished with up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.

Defending Against an Obstructing Justice/Resisting Arrest Charge

If you’ve been charged with obstruction of justice or resisting arrest, make sure you understand your rights so you can successfully protect your rights in court. Your first step is to choose an experienced obstruction of justice attorney to handle your case.

The J. Madison PLC legal team is experienced in obstruction of justice or resisting arrest cases. We will protect your rights in court and fight to minimize the consequences you suffer from the charge.

J. Madison PLC: Fighting for You

J. Madison PLC is a law firm in Northern Virginia that provides both employment and criminal legal defense services. Our attorneys are experienced, compassionate, and will make you their number one priority at every step of the way.

If you’ve been charged with obstruction of justice or resisting arrest, contact J. Madison PLC today at (703) 910-5062.

Former Arlington County prosecutor Benjamin R. Inman leads J. Madison PLC's criminal defense practice.

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