If you are accused of Tampering, Obstruction, Falsification, or Resisting, call and speak with a criminal defense attorney from our Columbus law firm. We successfully represented clients for all of the offenses listed below. We will meet and speak to you without charge to review the facts of your case.
Title 29, Chapter 2921 of the Ohio Revised Code outlines Ohio’s details “Offenses Against Justice.” These include the Ohio crimes of “Tampering with Evidence;” “Obstructing Official Business,” “Falsification;” “Resisting Arrest;” “Bribery;” and a number of other related charges such as “Obstructing Justice” and “Failure to Comply.” The charges of this type that we most frequently defend in Columbus and Ohio are discussed below:
Tampering with Evidence
Section 2921.12, “Tampering with Evidence,” makes it a crime to alter, conceal, or destroy any thing with the purpose to hinder its value in an official proceeding or investigation. “Tampering with Evidence” is a 3rd degree felony in Ohio, and is often charged by prosecutors in connection with another charge, sometimes less serious and sometimes more, in order to gain leverage in resolving the case by plea bargain.
Section 2921.31, “Obstructing Official Business,” makes it an Ohio crime to purposely prevent, delay or obstruct a law enforcement officer from performing his duties. This charge is sometimes used, together with the crime of “Falsification,” when a person provides false information to a police officer during a criminal or other investigation.
Section 2921.13, “Falsification,” makes it a crime in Ohio to knowingly make a false statement under specified circumstances, most commonly to mislead a law enforcement officer. Depending on the circumstances, falsification can be classified from as low as a first degree misdemeanor to as high as a third degree felony.
Section 2921.33, “Resisting Arrest,” makes it an Ohio crime to recklessly or by force interfere with a lawful arrest. Depending on the circumstances, this offense can be classified from a first degree misdemeanor to a fourth degree felony.
For a detailed description of the laws and penalties for Tampering with Evidence, Obstructing Official Business, Falsification, Resisting Arrest, Bribery, Obstructing Justice, and Failure to Comply please call one of our lawyers in Columbus at (614) 454-5010 for a free initial consultation.