Obstruction or Retaliation

The United States legal system is designed to keep everyone in our country safe. Sadly, some people need more protection than others. Some undertakings, such as testifying in a trial or working in the public sector, put people at an increased risk for being attacked. These people are protected by state laws against crimes known as obstruction and retaliation.

A person commits obstruction if he or she attempts to impede a legal case or other government procedure using violence or threats. Similarly, retaliation is the crime of assaulting or threatening a person based on actions he or she has taken. Examples of obstruction and retaliation include:

  • A person being placed under arrest who berates or threatens the arresting officer
  • A person who attempts to stop a witness or informant using threats or violence (This applies even if the victim has not been officially chosen as a witness yet.)
  • A person who attacks a government worker because of his or her occupation

Texas laws against obstruction and retaliation are specifically written to protect police officers, firefighters, witnesses of a crime, informants, potential witnesses, and any person that performs a civil duty for the welfare of the public. In an ideal world, such people would not need additional legal protection. Sadly, they are often the victims of shocking and violent crimes.

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Texas protects its public servants and witnesses. If you or someone you know has been charged with obstruction or retaliation, contact the Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis today at (512) 472-1950


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