Can I be aressted for obstruction on justice for failure to show a proper I.D. if I do not have any I.D.?

A police offcer threatened me with arrest after I told him I did ot have any I.D..

Asked on July 27, 2012 under Criminal Law, Massachusetts


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It is entirely possible for one like you in the circumstances that you have written about to have been arrested for obstruction of justice for failing to produce identification to a police officer even if the person requested to produce the identification did not have it.

Proving such by the district attorney's office however would be a task for the simple reason that one cannot provide something to law enforcement that the person being requested to produce does not have.

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