Hamilton Obstructing the Administration of Law Defense Lawyer
The probability is that you have been charged with obstructing the administration of law in Hamilton given that you are reviewing this page. This offense is also referred to obstruction of law or obstruction of justice. Irrespective of the label placed on the charge, there are serious ramifications if you fail to win your case. You will have a criminal record and be exposed to penalties that certainly have the potential to be life changing. The best thing you can do to mitigate these risks is to hire a lawyer with experience defending obstruction charges Hamilton Township. The attorneys at our firm, the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, possess this level of expertise with over 100 years in practice between us, including time serving as prosecutors. For a consultation with an attorney on the staff, call 609–683–8102.
Obstructing the Administration of Law Charge in Hamilton Township New Jersey
Obstructing the administration of law is contained at N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1. This law provides, in pertinent part, that:
A person commits an offense if he purposely 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, or physical interference or obstacle, or by means of any independently unlawful act.
There are several elements that the prosecutor in Hamilton must establish in order to convict you obstructing the administration of law or government function including: (1) that the accused obstructed, impaired or perverted the administration of law or governmental function or prevented or attempted to prevent a public servant from performing his/her official duties; (2) possessed a purpose to obstruct or prevent; and (3) employed intimidation, force, violence, physical interference or some other independently unlawful act. In applying these elements, the term public servant or official includes anyone working for the government including, but not limited to, a police officer, inspector or prosecutor.
Obstruction of law or governmental functions is typically a disorderly persons offense that is handled in Hamilton Municipal Court. The penalties that may be imposed in this setting include a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 6 months in the Mercer County Jail. If the actor engages in flight in order to hinder, obstructing is enhanced to a fourth degree crime. Fourth degree obstructing the administration of law or government function carries a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison.
Hamilton NJ Obstructing the Administration of Law Attorney
If you were arrested or otherwise charged with obstructing the efforts of a police officer or other official in Hamilton NJ, an attorney at our firm has the qualifications to protect you against a conviction. Our defense team has more than a century in practice between its lawyers and will do whatever is necessary to win your case in the municipal court of Hamilton and/or the Mercer County Superior Court. To discuss exactly how our attorneys can secure a favorable result on your behalf, contact our Hamilton Office anytime of day or night at 609–683–8102.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.