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Obstruction of Justice

At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., we are dedicated to defending the rights of individuals charged with all manner of criminal offenses in Goshen, Orange County, and throughout the Hudson Valley. In the New York Penal Code, many offenses fall under the umbrella term of obstruction of justice, including bribing or tampering with a witness or juror, or intimidating a victim or witness in a judicial proceeding. These charges can result in serious consequences if the prosecutor gets a conviction. But first they have to prove their case. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys understand the complexities of the law and are committed to providing a robust defense for those accused of obstruction of justice in New York.

Understanding Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice is a serious criminal offense in New York, outlined in Penal Code sections 215 to 215.25. It involves actions that interfere with the administration of justice, including the investigation and prosecution of crimes. To secure a conviction for obstruction of justice, the prosecution must prove several elements:

  1. Act of Obstruction: The defendant must have committed an act that obstructed, impaired, or perverted the administration of law.
  2. Intent: The defendant must have acted with the intent to obstruct justice.
  3. Knowledge: The defendant must have known that their actions were likely to affect an official proceeding.

Penalties for Obstruction of Justice

The penalties for obstruction of justice in New York vary depending on the specific charge and the circumstances of the case. They can range from misdemeanors to felonies, with potential consequences including:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Imprisonment

Some of these offenses are Class B felonies, which in New York can be punished with up to 25 years in prison. A felony conviction can also have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional life, making it crucial to seek experienced legal representation.

Common Defenses to Obstruction of Justice Charges

Our criminal defense attorneys at Dupée & Monroe, P.C. employ various strategies to defend against obstruction of justice charges, including:

  • Lack of Intent: Demonstrating that the defendant did not intend to obstruct justice.
  • Insufficient Evidence: Challenging the prosecution’s evidence to show that it does not meet the required burden of proof.
  • Mistake of Fact: Arguing that the defendant was mistaken about a crucial fact, negating the intent to obstruct justice.
  • Constitutional Violations: Identifying any violations of the defendant’s constitutional rights during the investigation or prosecution.

How a Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you are facing obstruction of justice charges, it is essential to have a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side. At Dupée & Monroe, P.C., our attorneys provide knowledgeable legal advice, guiding you through the legal process and helping you understand your rights and options. To develop a strong defense strategy, our team will thoroughly investigate your case and craft a defense tailored to your specific circumstances. If negotiating with prosecutors is in your best interest, we will work to negotiate a favorable plea deal or seek a reduction in charges when possible. As necessary, our experienced litigators will vigorously defend your rights in court and work to achieve the best possible outcome.

Contact Dupée & Monroe, P.C. for a Consultation or Immediate Assistance

If you or a loved one has been charged with obstruction of justice or other offenses in Goshen, Orange County, or throughout the Hudson Valley, call Dupée & Monroe, P.C. today at 845-294-8900. Our dedicated criminal defense attorneys are here to help you navigate the complexities of the legal system and fight for your rights. Call us for a consultation and let us provide the aggressive defense you need.

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