The crime of Obstruction of Justice is a serious felony offense. This type of offense can be committed in a variety of different ways. If police or prosecutors determine that a person somehow interfered with a police investigation or a prosecution of a crime in court, the charge of Obstruction of Justice will be filed against that person. Some possible ways of committing Obstruction of Justice are by intimidating a witness, fabricating testimony for a grand jury, preliminary examination, or at trial, preventing another person from reporting a crime, and preventing another person from testifying in court. There must be evidence that the person charged with this offense intentionally engaged in the unlawful act for a conviction to enter.
The crime of Obstruction of Justice is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. A typical sentence in Washtenaw County will be 2-3 years of supervised probation with either several months in jail or jail work program and community service and extensive fines. A person convicted of this felony offense will also lose the right to vote, the right to possess and use firearms, the right to serve on a jury, the ability to obtain certain professional licenses and obtain quality employment, the ability to obtain certain types of travel visas, and may be deported from the country.