LaGrange, Ga. - A strange accident resulted in the arrest of a narcotics suspect in Troup County this past week.
According to reports, two Troup County deputies and a narcotics suspect were struck by another deputy who was driving an unmarked vehicle. The accident resulted in the arrest of the suspect who was allegedly attempting to resist arrest. The accident is still under investigation.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of obstruction which is also known as resisting arrest in the state of Georgia. This is closely related to DUI in Georgia.
Obstruction in Georgia
O.C.G.A. §16-10-24 outlines the crime of obstruction in Georgia. Obstruction can be charged as a felony or as a misdemeanor depending on the nature of the offense.
Misdemeanor obstruction is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-10-24(a) as:
When a person knowingly or willfully obstructs or hinders any law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge of his official duties.
The penalty for a misdemeanor conviction in Georgia is a fine up to $1,000, jail time up to one year, or both. It can also come with community service, anger management classes, or any other punishments allowed under the misdemeanor sentencing laws of Georgia.
Felony obstruction is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-10-24(b) as:
When a person knowingly and willfully resists, obstructs, or opposes any law enforcement officer, prison guard, correctional officer, community supervision officer, probation officer, or conservation officer in the lawful discharge of his or her official duties by offering or doing violence to the person.
The penalty for a felony obstruction conviction is a prison term between one and five years. In addition to any prison term imposed, the accused will pay a fine of at least $300. Furthermore, the penalty could include community service and anger management classes.
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