Dennis Aguirre is facing nine different charges after officers in Alpharetta attempted to pull him over for reckless driving, and he ended up dragging one of the officers alongside his vehicle during the actual arrest attempt.
Aguirre is facing the following charges:
- DUI in Georgia
- Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer in Georgia
- Possession of Marijuana in Georgia
- Driving While License Suspended in Georgia
- Reckless Driving in Georgia
He is also facing an aggravated assault charge. As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I will outline the offense of obstruction in our state - explaining the difference between the different actions and behaviors as dictated by Georgia Law.
Obstruction in Georgia
Obstruction in Georgia is split into two different levels of offenses - misdemeanor obstruction and felony obstruction.
Misdemeanor obstruction is defined by law 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.
A misdemeanor obstruction conviction can include penalties of up to 12 months in jail and fines up to $1,000.
Felony obstruction is defined by law 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.
A felony obstruction conviction can include penalties of anywhere from one to five years in prison.
Since obstruction can be a charged as a felony - it is not a criminal offense to be taken lightly. Most people are charged with obstruction in addition to a traffic violation, and therefore people tend to, unfortunately, brush it off.
Do not wait to contact and hire representation. A Georgia DUI Attorney can help you now.