Obstructing a Police Officer
Unfortunately for common citizens, the exact definition of “obstructing a police officer” remains rather nebulous and the charge is often placed on people who did not realize their actions constituted a crime. Individuals accused of obstructing an officer of the law often face a legal battle to clear their name.
You have a right to legal representation whenever accused of a crime, no matter how large or small the offense. If you have been charged with obstructing a police officer and would like to discuss your case, contact a Milwaukee criminal defense attorney of the Law Offices of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595.
In order to convict a defendant of obstructing a police officer, a court may have to find:
- The actions of the defendant obstructed an officer.
- The officer was acting in with authority according to the law.
- The officer was on duty and acting in official capacity.
- The defendant was aware the officer was on duty and acting with authority.
- The defendant was aware that his or her actions were obstructing the officer.
Obstructing an officer of the law often results in fines or imprisonment for the individual in question. It is important to know your rights according to the law in Wisconsin.