Obstruction of Justice Attorneys in Las Vegas
If you live in southern Nevada—Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, or Mesquite—and you or anyone you know have been charged with the crime of Obstruction of Justice, you need to reach out for legal assistance as soon as possible.
With over 30 years’ experience in criminal cases of this kind, you need Douglas Crawford Law.
The Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) has an entire chapter, NRS 197.190, dedicated to Obstruction of Justice crimes. Most often Obstruction charges result from getting in the way of a public officer, such as a police officer, from doing his or her job during a criminal investigation. If you are officially notified by the state of Nevada or a state agent to provide information about a crime, you must do it. You are required by law to provide a statement either verbally or written about the crime in question. Not providing officially requested information may get you charged with Obstruction.
If you are convicted and found guilty of Obstruction you will be punished at the misdemeanor level. Even a misdemeanor can damage your future, notably in the job market. But the Obstruction charge could be enlarged if you made untrue or misleading statements, depending upon the nature of the crime in question. Clearly it’s in your best interests not to lie to the police during an investigation, even if you’re trying to protect a friend or family member. Lying to a public official and further delaying an investigation will not likely bring sympathy from the state or a court or a jury of your peers. But every situation is unique and we can discuss your reasons for doing so when you set up an appointment with me.
It could be that you have been wrongly accused of Obstruction. Mistakes are often made in this area of the law even by the police. A relative or friend who looked to you for help and did not get it may accuse you of lying or making false statements to improve their chance of getting less time for whatever crime they may have committed. If you are the victim of a false accusation I can help you defend yourself.
You need to understand the seriousness of Obstruction charges. You may have gone beyond the act of lying or misleading the police and helped to harbor a fugitive in your home. If you did and lied about them being on your property, you may face additional charges like Aiding and Abetting a crime, under NRS 195.020. This act could compound the charges you already face. The state of Nevada makes no distinction between individuals who commit crimes and those who assist them. If your charges expand to Aiding and Abetting you will absolutely need my help.
If you or anyone in your family or circle of acquaintances face any of these charges, you need to reach out to me as soon as possible so we can plan your defense. I have decades’ worth of experience in this type of law and will give you the help you need.
Call now to set up a consultation at (702) 383-0090