NJ ATLANTIC COUNTY OBSTRUCTING THE ADMINISTRATION OF LAW DEFENSE LAWYERS
Experienced Atlantic County Attorney Ready to Fight Your Obstructing Case
Have you been charged with obstructing the administration of law or justice in Atlantic County, New Jersey? If so, don’t hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Todd Spodek for a skilled defense team that is ready to fight for your rights. Our attorneys are members of one of the largest defense teams in New Jersey and have successfully defended many obstructing cases throughout the area.
Understanding Obstructing the Administration of Law Charges
It’s important to remember that obstructing an arrest or investigation isn’t always illegal. The offense of obstructing is only committed if the defendant’s conduct is purposeful, which means that the prosecution must establish that you had an intention to prevent or obstruct such an arrest or investigation. This can be challenging for them to prove, but our experienced legal team knows how to identify weaknesses in their case and will work hard to get you the outcome you want.
New Jersey Statute N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1 defines obstructing as engaging in conduct purposely “that obstructs, impairs, or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function or prevents or attempts to prevent a public servant from lawfully performing an official function by means of flight, intimidation, force, violence, physical interference or obstacle.”
This means that three elements must be demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt for any conviction resulting from these charges:
– Proof that the defendant hindered, impaired, delayed or manipulated official procedures
– Evidence proving that the defendant purposely intended this outcome
– Conduct that involved intimidation, force (implied or actual), violence against officers/intimidating behavior towards them.
Penalties You Could Face
Most charges related to obstructing justice falls under municipal court jurisdiction and classify as disorderly persons offenses. If you’re facing such charges in municipalities like Egg Harbor City, Ventnor City,Margate, Galloway Township or even Atlantic City, you could be sentenced to up to 6 months in the Atlantic County Jail, face a fine of $1,000, undergo community service, counseling sessions or, at worst, suspension of your driver’s license.
If an obstructing act involved interrupting investigations surrounding more serious charges or arrests for them, it escalates into a fourth-degree offense that is heard at the Atlantic County Superior Court in Mays Landing. If convicted, this charge exposes the defendant to up to 18 months of imprisonment and fines reaching as high as $10,000.
Two programs are available for first-time offenders in Absecon,Mullica Township,Hammonton, Pleasantville or Northfield accused of obstruction– Conditional Dismissal and Pretrial Intervention (PTI). Completion of a probation period is necessary to be considered eligible for either of these programs.
Fighting Obstructing the Administration of Law Charges in Atlantic City
Atlantic City stands out as one the busiest municipalities in Atlantic County when it comes to obstructing charges. As seen from our online review platforms where we’ve received raving customer reviews from customers who were served within municipalities like Egg Harbor Township,Linwood and Mullica Township just but a few names ,our firm has dealt with numerous obstructing cases annually such as resisting arrest cases and others involving underage gambling.
Why You Should Choose Our Legal Services
The skilled attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd Spodek are available 24/7 to put our firm’s experience into action on your behalf. We have tools necessary for crafting compelling legal strategy aimed towards achieving victorious outcomes based on your case specifics. Don’t hesitate to use them by contacting us right away after an arrest or visit to court. Give us a call now at (609)616-0020 for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorney.
Table: Municipal Court Penalties for Obstructing the Administration of Law Charges in Atlantic County
First Offence of Obstructing the Administration of Law
– Jail sentence that may last up to 6 months
– A fine of $1,000
– Community service
– Suspension of Driver’s License
Fourth-Degree Obstructing the Administration of Law
– Imprisonment that can last up to 18 months
– Fines extending up to $10,000.
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