Floridians were dismayed to hear that their trust in Police Sergeant Phillip Antico of Boynton Beach was unfounded. He was found guilty of lying to the FBI in an investigation into the beating of an unarmed man. That act of deception could cost Antico up to 20 years in federal prison; the courts do not look kindly upon obstructing justice. If you find yourself facing similar prospects, a good criminal defense attorney may be worth talking to.

What Constitutes Obstruction of Justice?

A number of actions could lead to charges of obstruction in Florida. Essentially, it refers to any behavior that influences or impedes, or attempts to impede, the administration of justice.  Specifically, that could include:

Criminal Penalties for Obstruction of Justice

The maximum consequences for a guilty conviction in an obstruction case depend on the legal classification of the offense:

Avoiding Charges of Obstruction

Because circumstances can be interpreted broadly, it is essential that an air of cooperation is plain in any interactions with law enforcement personnel. Belligerent comments, a haughty attitude, or smug remarks may make one feel powerful and self-satisfied, but eventually they may result in charges of obstruction. Officers will interpret your behavior based on past experiences combined with the immediate situation. Exercise your rights without giving law enforcement any ammunition for such a charge.

If You do Face Charges of Obstruction

Whether you are accused of altering documents, resisting arrest, or improper use of police communications, you are facing serious consequences. At Aiken, O’Halloran and Foley, our experienced team of attorneys will work to secure the best possible outcomes for you. If you want an aggressive, undaunted defense, contact us in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Punta Gorda or Sarasota today.