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To be charged with obstructing official business, you must have interfered with a public official’s ability to carry out his or her lawful duties. An example would be lying to the police.
In contrast, to be charged with obstructing justice, you must have done one of the following, with the purpose of thwarting the arrest or sentencing of another adult or delinquent child:
Every day in central Ohio people face obstruction charges like obstruction of official business and/or obstruction of justice. Depending on the charge, penalties can range from a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail to a second-degree felony punishable by up to 8 years in prison.
If you are convicted of obstruction of official business and/or obstruction of justice, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of obstruction of official business and/or obstruction of justice, it will potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who is unable to respect those who enforce the law in the State of Ohio. Therefore, it is critical that you to give your obstruction of official business and/or obstruction of justice charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with obstruction of official business and/or obstruction of justice. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police made, whether your arrest was lawful and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with obstruction of official business and obstruction of justice. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with obstruction of official business or obstruction of justice, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a nonparticipant did die, it’s a felony of the first degree and carries the following penalties: