Obstruction of Justice occurs when a person commits acts that get in the way of the prosecution’s work on a case. It is a serious crime, and as a service member, it can be catastrophic to your career. Here’s what you need to know about this offense.
Obstruction of Justice Defined
According to Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), a military member can be charged with obstruction of justice if:
- He or she knew or believed that there would be a criminal proceeding
- He or she committed certain acts, such as destroying evidence, intimidating witnesses, lying to investigators, or encouraging a victim to take back an accusation.
- He or she committed these acts with the intent to influence or impede the administration of justice
- His or her conduct was service discrediting or prejudicial to good order and discipline in the armed forces
Possible Consequences of an Obstruction of Justice Conviction
If a military member is convicted of obstructing justice, he or she could face dishonorable discharge, reduction to the lowest rank E-1, and up to five years in prison.
How We Can Help
If you’ve been charged with obstruction of justice, it is important to know that there is hope for your case no matter how grim the prospect may seem.
Attorney Garrison Wood exclusively defends military members accused of serious crimes like this. Contact Garrison Military Law today to schedule a free review of your case.
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