Obstruction of Justice and Resisting Arrest


Obstruction and Resisting Arrest are sometimes known as contempt of cop charges. Contempt of cop has come to be known as an instance where a police officer was annoyed or irritated by the actions of a person so they arrest them for obstruction or resisting. There have also been times when some officers have used obstruction or resisting ‘charges to justify or cover up their own police misconduct. Attorneys at the James Bible Law Group have successfully represented individuals charged with Obstruction or resisting. There have also been times when we have turned around and filed law suits against the officer and the department for civil rights violations after successfully representing our clients against these types of criminal charges.

The Revised Code of Washington defines obstruction as the following:

  • (1) A person is guilty of obstructing a law enforcement officer if the person willfully hinders, delays, or obstructs any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.
  • (2) "Law enforcement officer" means any general authority, limited authority, or specially commissioned Washington peace officer or federal peace officer as those terms are defined in RCW 10.93.020, and other public officers who are responsible for enforcement of fire, building, zoning, and life and safety codes.
  • (3) Obstructing a law enforcement officer is a gross misdemeanor

If you are charged in Washington State with obstruction of justice it is important to have an attorney that has experience handling this type of charge. The attorneys that work with the James Bible Law Group have significant experience handling obstruction charges and will work tirelessly to represent your interests.

The Revised Code of Washington defines resisting as arrest as follows:

  • (1) A person is guilty of resisting arrest if he or she intentionally prevents or attempts to prevent a peace officer from lawfully arresting him or her.
  • (2) Resisting arrest is a misdemeanor

Resisting arrest and obstruction laws are pretty vague in nature and encompass a lot of different behaviors. Further, many cities have their own obstruction and resisting arrest laws. When facing these types of charges you need battle tested trial lawyers. The James Bible Law Group has the experience that you need to handle these types of cases.

Disorderly Conduct is another charge that is sometimes described as a contempt of cop charge. The Revised Code of Washington defines Disorderly Conduct as follows:

  • (1) A person is guilty of disorderly conduct if the person:
  • (a) Uses abusive language and thereby intentionally creates a risk of assault;
  • (b) Intentionally disrupts any lawful assembly or meeting of persons without lawful authority;
  • (c) Intentionally obstructs vehicular or pedestrian traffic without lawful authority; or
  • (d)(i) Intentionally engages in fighting or in tumultuous conduct or makes unreasonable noise, within five hundred feet of:
  • (A) The location where a funeral or burial is being performed;
  • (B) A funeral home during the viewing of a deceased person;
  • (C) A funeral procession, if the person described in this subsection (1)(d) knows that the funeral procession is taking place; or
  • (D) A building in which a funeral or memorial service is being conducted; and
  • (ii) Knows that the activity adversely affects the funeral, burial, viewing, funeral procession, or memorial service.
  • (2) Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor.

Disorderly conduct charges often are the result of misunderstand or an attempt to assist someone else who is not behaving the way they should. The attorneys at that James Bible Law Group are here to assist you.

If you have been charged with a crime call the James Bible Law Group. We have the skill and experience you need to fight these types of cases. (425) 748-4585 or (425) 519-3675.

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