A man has been arrested in Cobb County after allegedly shooting a woman inside of her home as well as a teenager at the same house.
He also allegedly led officers on a high speed chase and when he was finally stopped he fired rounds at the officers. He also attempted to resist arrest and fight the officers.
The man is facing many charges including fleeing or attempting to elude in Georgia. But as a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the law behind the offense of obstruction as he also has been charged with resisting arresting and threatening officers.
Obstruction in Georgia
Obstruction in Georgia is defined in the Georgia Code as: misdemeanor obstruction and felony obstruction.
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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