Obstruction of Justice Charge Lawyers

Charged with Obstruction of Justice in Orlando, FL?


Maybe you simply refused to respond to the police upon questioning. Maybe you let a friend hide from the police after the commission of a crime. In some cases, even though if charged with an obstruction of justice charge, you really did not do anything unlawful. In other cases, you very well may have, knowingly or unknowingly.

In Florida, there are a slew of acts that can result in an obstruction of justice charge. Some of them seem innocent enough, while others are obvious. It’s important to remember that either way you have the right to defend yourself in Orlando; it is your U.S. constitutional right. At Panella Law Firm, we believe strongly in constitutional rights and use our resources and knowledge to make sure yours are upheld. Contact our criminal defense lawyers either by using our online form or by calling us at 407-233-1822 to schedule a consultation.

How to Beat an Obstruction of Justice Charge in Orlando

Obstruction of justice charges in Orlando should not be taken lightly. The consequences of a conviction can be pretty severe. The way to beat a charge is through thorough investigative work, strategic criminal defense planning, and persistent negotiation.

If you have been charged with an obstruction of justice crime, we want to know what happened. We will investigate the matter thoroughly to identify any misunderstandings and mistakes made by the police or other law enforcement officials. Remember, they make mistakes, and if they do, we will uncover them. Some common mistakes involve violations of your constitutional rights. They may have unlawfully questioned you or unlawfully arrested you. If any officer infringed upon your rights, we may be able to file a motion to suppress evidence that resulted from the violation.

At Panella Law Firm, we are strategic thinkers. We craft smart criminal defenses to get the best outcome in your unique situation. Depending on what the specific charge is, you may have a valid defense. Some defenses are:

  • Lack of intent––Most obstruction of justice charges require the element of intent; and if you did not have that and the prosecutor cannot prove you did, then they may fail in their pursuit. We will work to provide evidence that negates any suggestion of intent, when appropriate.
  • First Amendment protections––Your acts may be protected under the First Amendment as free speech or the right to peacefully assemble. Again, this depends on the situation, but when it’s applicable, we will build a case partially based on this defense.
  • No obstruction––Where your conduct did not hinder a police officer’s ability to carry out their duties, there is no obstruction of justice. We can provide evidence, when applicable, that demonstrates this defense.
  • Double jeopardy––If you are charged with multiple offenses (like perjury, providing false information, resisting an officer without violence), you can only be convicted of one if they all refer to the same act.
  • Self-defense––In some situations, you can use reasonable force to resist the use of excessive force inflicted upon you during an arrest, and you can use reasonable force to defend yourself against an officer’s unlawful action when, for example, they try to enter your home without a proper warrant.

The above are only a few defenses. Keep in mind that the defense used in your case depends on the specific facts and circumstances as well as the charges laid against you.

Also keep in mind that the State of Florida has the burden to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty. Our obstruction of justice charge lawyers will work to create the doubt necessary to produce the best outcome for you. In some cases, the best outcome may be proving your innocence, while in other cases it is a plea deal that we negotiate in your favor.

What Counts as Obstruction of Justice in Florida?

Florida Statute § 843 lists and describes each offense that could result in an obstruction of justice charge––and there are many. These charges are often related to other criminal charges that have already been filed.

Some of the most common forms of obstruction of justice charges in Orlando are:

  • Perjury
  • Attempting to escape from police custody
  • Resisting arrest
  • Tampering with evidence
  • Assaulting or battering a law enforcement officer
  • Disobeying law enforcement
  • Providing false information to law enforcement
  • Interference with an official investigation
  • Harassing a witness.

Sometimes these charges are founded on misunderstandings. That’s why our attorneys for an obstruction of justice charge at Panella Law Firm does the due diligence to determine what actually happened and what your actual intent was to develop a strong defense.

Consequences of an Obstruction of Justice Conviction in Florida

The criminal consequences of a conviction of an obstruction of justice crime can be serious, but the extent of the penalties depends on the charge. Some charges constitute misdemeanor crimes, while others are felonies. Some carry long incarceration, while others may result in fines, fees, or community service. To know what you are up against, contact our obstruction of justice defense lawyers today.

Talk to Our Lawyers for Obstruction of Justice Charges Today

Many of these obstruction of justice charges can be the result of actions done accidently or in self-preservation. Whether you were wrongly charged or committed an act of obstruction (unknowingly or knowingly), Panella Law Firm can help set the record straight in the first instance and fight to obtain the best outcome in the second instance. Contact our Orlando legal defense team at 407-233-1822, and we will talk about your options to beat an obstruction of justice charge.

Attorney Mike Panella

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust. Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial. [ Attorney Bio ]

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