The phrase “obstruction of justice” is bandied about in the news a lot these days, so we thought it might be informative to discuss exactly what this phrase means — and why it is considered a crime.
Obstruction of justice is, essentially, an offense against the entire judicial process. It’s loosely defined as any action you commit that subverts, influences, impedes or obstructs an investigation or the administration of the law. You can be charged with obstruction of justice under both federal and state laws.
Some relatively common behaviors that can lead to charges of obstruction include:
An obstruction of justice charge can stick even when the authorities can’t get the evidence to prosecute you for other crimes — and the penalties can be quite severe. Before you end up facing serious charges, find out what your rights really are.
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