According to reports out of Cobb County, a man has been accused of multiple counts of obstruction as well as battery.
The man allegedly attacked customers at a local gas station. When the police were called, the man then reportedly attacked them as well.
As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I handle cases involving DUI in Georgia. However, cases of DUI typically involve other related crimes as well. These crimes can range from drug possession to traffic violations to resisting arrest or fleeing police. In today's post, I will outline the law behind resisting arrest otherwise known as obstruction in Georgia.
Obstruction in Georgia
Obstruction in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-10-24.
According to the first part of the law, misdemeanor obstruction is defined as:
A person who knowingly and willfully obstructs or hinders any law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge of his official duties is guilty of a misdemeanor.
If a person is convicted of misdemeanor obstruction, then the penalty can include up to 12 months in jail as well as fines up to $1,000.
According to the second part of the law, felony obstruction is defined as:
Whoever knowingly and willfully resists, obstructs, or opposes any law enforcement officer, prison guard, correctional officer, probation supervisor, parole supervisor, or conservation ranger in the lawful discharge of his official duties by offering or doing violence to the person of such officer or legally authorized person is guilty of a felony and shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
If a person is convicted of felony obstruction, then the penalty can include up to 5 years in prison.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI or for a DUI related offense, contact our offices today. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you now.