Closter NJ Obstructing the Administration of Law Defense Attorneys
Travis J. Tormey is an experienced criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorney who represents clients charged with various criminal offenses, including obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest, and criminal restraint. Mr. Tormey and the team of highly knowledgeable lawyers at The Tormey Law Firm have successfully defended clients in courtrooms throughout Bergen County, New Jersey, including in East Rutherford, Fort Lee, and Mahwah.
With offices conveniently located in Hackensack, New Jersey, within walking distance of the Hackensack Municipal Court and Bergen County Courthouse, the attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm focus solely on criminal and drunk driving defense, which has allowed them to truly perfect their crafts in these specific areas of law. Contact their office anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation.
Obstructing the Administration of Law in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1
The New Jersey statute which governs offenses for obstructing the administration of the law, often referred to as “obstruction” or “obstructing” is N.J.S.A. 2C:29-1. This statute provides, in pertinent part:
§ 2C:29-1 Obstructing administration of law or other government function
a. 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. This section does not apply to failure to perform a legal duty other than an official duty, or any other means of avoiding compliance with law without affirmative interference with governmental functions.
b. An offense under this section is a crime of the fourth degree if the actor obstructs the detection or investigation of a crime or the prosecution of a person for a crime; otherwise it is a disorderly persons offense.
Consequences for Obstructing the Administration of the Law in NJ
As the above statute indicates, obstructing the administration of the law is a similar charge to resisting arrest. These offenses essentially require that the defendant failed to cooperate fully with law enforcement officers. For example, if you are arrested and you give the police a fake name, you could be charged under this section for obstructing the administration of law.
Overall, this criminal offense can be classified as either a fourth degree felony or a disorderly persons offense, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime. This is an important distinction because a fourth degree crime is an indictable offense in New Jersey, meaning that it must be adjudicated in the Superior Court in the county in which the alleged offense occurred and is punishable by up to 18 months in state prison. A disorderly persons offense, on the other hand, can be handled in the local municipal court and is punishable by a sentence to serve up to six (6) months in the county jail.
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The Bergen County criminal defense attorneys at The Tormey Law Firm represent clients charged with a wide range of offenses, prioritizing the needs of each client on a case-by-case basis. For a free consultation about your case, contact our Hackensack, NJ office location anytime at (201)-330-4979.