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Bound Brook NJ Obstruction Lawyers

Being charged with a criminal offense can be nerve wracking and more often than not, someone charged with obstruction is going to be dealing with the criminal justice system for the first time, which only increase the stress. However, at Proetta & Oliver we firmly believe that hiring the right criminal defense attorney, one who not only knows how to defend obstruction charges but one who is also familiar with the specific courts can go a long way to alleviating some the stress. Obstructing the administration of law can either be a felony criminal offense or a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) depending on the underlying facts. Regardless of the degree, the penalties if convicted could play havoc on someone’s future. Being scarred with a criminal record let alone a felony criminal record could really hamper someone’s ability to be successful in life. If you have been charged with obstruction in Somerset or Hunterdon County, Proetta & Oliver can help. If you would like to schedule a free initial consultation today, then please contact us at (908)533-1064.

The Somerset County criminal defense attorneys at Proetta & Oliver represent clients not only charged with obstruction but also resisting arrest, eluding, hindering, aggravated assault on a police officer, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana in courts throughout the county. At Proetta & Oliver we are dedicated to aggressively challenging the evidence presented against our clients in order obtain a favorable resolution. We serve all of Hunterdon and Somerset County, including towns like Clinton, Flemington, Readington, Raritan, South Bound Brook, North Plainfield, Watchung, Bound Brook, Bedminster, Bernards, Hillsborough and Somerville. To set up a consultation today with one of our criminal defense lawyers then please contact us at (908)533-1064. These are serious charges and should not be taken lightly.  If you have any questions whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Somerville NJ Obstruction Attorneys

The crime of obstruction essentially seeks to prosecute anyone who is alleged to have prevented a police officer from doing their job by affirmatively committing some act, whether it be intimidation, physical interference and/or force. The governing statute in New Jersey for the obstructing the administration of law is NJSA 2C:29-1. In order to be convicted of this offense in New Jersey, the State must prove the following elements:

  • That the Defendant committed an “act” of:
    • Intimidation,
    • Force,
    • Violence,
    • Physical Interference, &
    • Obstacle
  • The Defendant’s underlying purpose of committing the act was to obstruct or prevent the administration of law; &
  • In committing the act, the Defendant actually obstructed or prevented the administration of law.

So, not only must the state prove that the Defendant committed a specific act with the intent to obstruct the administration of law but they must also prove that the act actually obstructed the administration of law. If you would like to speak to one of our Somerset County criminal defense attorneys about your options then please contact us at (908)533-1064. As you can see, this offense is not straightforward and that allows an experienced criminal defense attorney some significant areas to attack the state’s case.

Is there Jail Time on an Obstruction Charge in NJ?

Obstruction the administration of law can either be a fourth degree felony or a disorderly persons offense. A Defendant will be facing a fourth degree felony if the obstruction prevents the detection or investigation of a crime. A crime here means any other felony offense, not a disorderly persons offense. All other obstruction charges will be considered a disorderly persons offense, which is New Jersey’s version of a misdemeanor. If the Defendant is convicted of a fourth degree felony, they will be facing up to eighteen months in prison, a fine up to $10,000 and a felony criminal record. Conversely, if the Defendant is convicted of a disorderly persons offense, they will be facing up to six months in Jail, a fine up to $1,000 and a criminal record. As you can see, the charges are not something to take lightly. Do not let a simple mistake ruin your future.

Obstruction Lawyers in Hunterdon County NJ

At Proetta & Oliver, we have dedicated our entire careers to defending those accused of crimes in courts throughout New Jersey, including courts throughout Somerset and Hunterdon County. Some of the most frequent crimes that we defend clients on are possession of heroin, possession marijuana with the intent to distribute, eluding, driving while intoxicated, aggravated assault and criminal mischief. If you would like to come into our office and speak one on one with our criminal defense attorneys then please contact us at (908)533-1064. We defend cases in towns throughout Somerset and Hunterdon County, including Manville, Hillsborough, Lambertville, Franklin, Far Hills, Bernardsville, Bridgewater, Clinton and Readington.