Resisting Arrest & Obstructing Justice
Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney
Resisting arrest and obstructing justice are serious charges. You need
equally serious representation. Schedule a free initial consultation with
Hallock Law to learn how a
Chicago criminal defense lawyer can help fight your charges!
Resisting Arrest Laws
Illinois' resisting arrest statute applies where a person "knowingly
resists or obstructs the performance of a police officer during the officer's
performance of an authorized act in his or her official capacity."
This definition covers a wide range of verbal and physical conduct. However,
the defendant must have been aware that his or her conduct was practically
certain to interfere with the officer's investigation or arrest. Illinois'
resisting arrest statute is listed under 720 ILCS 5/31-1.
Obstructing Justice Charges
Illinois' obstructing justice statute applies where a person "destroys,
alters, conceals, or disguises physical evidence, plants false evidence,
or furnishes false information, with the intent to prevent the apprehension
or obstruct the prosecution or defense of any person." This expansive
and vague definition covers arguably innocent conduct. For example, the
Illinois Supreme Court has explained that "concealing" evidence
is "obstruction" only if the person materially impedes the investigation.
Other versions of this offense are subject to attack as well. Illinois'
obstructing justice statute is listed under 720 ILCS 5/31-4.
Schedule your free evaluation today with Hallock Law.
At Hallock Law, I take a personalized approach to every case I handle.
Due to the differences in circumstances, no situations are alike and all
require unique defense strategies. I also make sure that I am compassionate
to your situation. I know the situation you are in and I have seen it
all before. When you come to my firm, you are retaining the services of
a skilled and trusted Chicago criminal defense lawyer.
Contact Hallock Law if you need a skilled and committed resisting arrest and obstructing justice
defense attorney in Chicago.