Whoever intentionally does any of the following is guilty of Obstructing the Legal Process:
(1) obstructs, hinders, or prevents the lawful execution of any legal process, civil or criminal, or apprehension of another on a charge or conviction of a criminal offense;
(2) obstructs, resists, or interferes with a peace officer while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties;
(3) interferes with or obstructs a firefighter while the firefighter is engaged in the performance of official duties;
(4) interferes with or obstructs a member of an ambulance service personnel crew who is providing, or attempting to provide, emergency care; or
(5) by force or threat of force endeavors to obstruct any employee of the Department of Revenue while the employee is lawfully engaged in the performance of official duties for the purpose of deterring or interfering with the performance of those duties.
Depending on the circumstances, a person convicted of Obstructing the Legal Process can face penalties ranging from 90 days in jail to 5 years in prison. Regardless of the level of the offense charged, these types of crimes are very serious. In order to best build a defense against such charges, the earlier an experienced defense attorney is involved the better. Attorney Kurt J. Knuesel has years of experience representing individuals who have been charged with Obstructing the Legal Process. In addition to phone availability during regular business hours, Knuesel Law Firm maintains an after-hours contact number for consultations whenever the need arises. You have a right to speak with an attorney during all phases of a criminal investigation. Do not hesitate to tell law enforcement that you would like to speak with an attorney. Call Knuesel Law Firm today to discuss your rights and your options.