More often than not, charges for resisting arrest and obstruction of a peace officer are grouped together to place an individual in jeopardy of two criminal convictions for a single act. Whereas resisting arrest involves an attempt to prevent an officer from making an arrest, obstruction of a peace officer covers a much broader spectrum of conduct that falls under the rubric of "hindering the enforcement of the penal law or the preservation of the peace." In addition, police officers are not the only potential "victims" of an obstruction charge. Obstructing a firefighter, EMT, or, in some circumstances, even a citizen can result in criminal obstruction charges.
Law enforcement officers will charge individuals with these offenses at the slightest provocation. If you have been charged, it is important to contact an attorney to ensure your rights are protected and your criminal record is defended.
Drugs, Alcohol and Obstruction Charges
In many cases, these charges involve interactions with the police while someone is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These charges often stem from either a legitimate sense of fear or panic, or a short lapse of judgment, often influenced by the presence of alcohol or drugs. In many situations, the person charged with obstructing was not initially interacting with the police. This occurs at parties or night clubs when a person is being taken into custody and a friend feels the need to intervene.
Effective Defense, Experienced Attorneys
At Jurdem, LLC, our Boulder obstructing police attorneys have experience defending clients charged or arrested with a wide range of criminal offenses. We understand the severity of the consequences an individual faces upon conviction, and our attorneys work hard to ensure our clients receive the best resolution possible in their specific situation. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney at our office to discuss your specific situation and your options for defense.
Contact a Boulder Obstructing Police Lawyer Today
For experienced legal counsel that can help you properly defend yourself against obstructing police charges, turn to Jurdem, LLC, in Boulder. Call 303-800-3509 or toll free at 877-761-7852 or simply contact us online for a free initial consultation with one of our exceptional criminal defense attorneys. We accept major credit cards for our clients' convenience.