When undergoing a criminal trial, the defendant is expected to tell the truth. Lying under oath to a judge or jury may result in perjury charges, but this is only one possible consequence of misrepresenting facts during a trial. Under Wisconsin statute, the charge of obstructing justice may be brought against an individual who “knowingly gives false information to any officer of any court with intent to influence the officer in the performance of official functions.”
If you have been accused of obstruction justice, the Milwaukee obstruction of justice defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C., are prepared to help you to craft and present a vigorous defense. Our attorneys are passionately committed to protecting the legal rights and best interest of our clients. Contact us today by calling (414) 271-9595.
Penalties for Obstruction of Justice
As the goal of a criminal defense is to secure a favorable outcome, it is natural for the defendant to wish to be portrayed in a positive light, or at least to diminish the negative associations created by the accusation. However, it is important that all information provided is true and correct, or else one may face the additional charge of obstructing justice, a class I felony. If convicted, a defendant may face:
- Fines not to exceed $10,000
- Incarceration for a period of up to 3 ½ years (first offense)
- Incarceration for a period of up to 5 ½ years (if the defendant has a record of misdemeanor convictions)
- Incarceration for a period of up to 9 ½ years (if the defendant has a record of felony convictions)
The Milwaukee obstructing justice defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C., S.C., are dedicated to ensuring that each of their clients receives the capable and experienced legal representation that they need and deserve. Contact us today at (414) 271-9595.
Written by Michael Hart & Craig PowellLast Updated : January 13, 2016