Colorado Obstruction of Justice Attorney
Obstruction of justice is a very serious crime, and can even be more heavily punished than the original crime that the obstruction was allegedly influencing. An individual may unintentionally obstruct justice without even knowing it, or may believe that they have the right to lie to a federal agent or withhold certain information. We strongly encourage you to come speak with an experienced Colorado federal crimes defense attorney before further communications with any federal agent, and if you are under investigation, you need an attorney at once. Obstruction of justice can ruin a person’s life if they do not have the proper defense, as a prison sentence for this offense can be five, eight, or 20 years, and sometimes longer depending on the exact crimes committed.
Obstruction of Proceedings
Obstruction of justice is defined by 18 U.S. Code § 1505 as willfully committing any of the following with the intention of influencing, obstructing, or impeding the administration of the law:
- Avoiding, evading, preventing, or obstructing compliance with a civil investigation under the Antitrust Civil Process Act;
- Withholding, misrepresenting, removing, concealing, covering up, or destroying any documents or testimony; and
- Threatening by force, or influencing with a letter or any form of communication.
A violation of this law will result in up to a five year period of incarceration, or up to eight years if the crime obstructed was one of domestic or international terrorism.
Influencing or Injuring an Officer or Juror
According to 18 U.S. Code § 1503, it is unlawful to use force or threats to influence, intimidate, or impede a grand juror, petit juror, officer of any U.S. court, or an officer serving in a U.S. court in the discharge of their duty. Furthermore, this law prohibits the injury to any such person, and any injury or threat of physical violence that is committed can be and will likely be punished much more severely than a similar crime that did not have the purpose of influencing a criminal trial.
Perjury is Knowingly Lying While Under Oath
Perjury is willfully saying something that you do not believe to be true while under oath, according to 18 U.S. Code § 1621. Perjury is not obstruction of justice, but the penalties are similar: up to five years in prison. Perjury is a serious felony, and one that demands the attention of an experienced and highly competent criminal defense attorney. Even if you believed that what you said in court was true, the prosecution may disagree, believing that you were knowingly and willfully lying.
A Colorado Federal Obstruction of Justice Defense Attorney Can Help, Call Today
Whether you have been charged with obstruction of justice, injuring or influencing a juror or officer of the law, or perjury under oath, there is hope. By working with an experienced federal crimes defense attorney, you can set the record straight by clearing your name or making a very favorable plea deal to minimize your punishment. Contact the law offices of Jeffrey S. Weiner today for help.