I was charged with obstruction of justice for lying to a police officer. What will happen in court?

Police came to my house because my fiance had a warrant for driving on a suspended. At first I told the officers that he was not in the home even though he was, but after being threatened with jail I decided to tell the truth. My fiance was arrested and taken to jail and I was given a ticket for obstruction of justice. Now I have to appear in court. I know I shouldn’t have lied, but I’m 7 months pregnant and was trying to protect my fiance because we are suppose to find out the sex of our baby soon and I didn’t want him to be in jail and miss it. I have no previous criminal record.

Asked on June 29, 2009 under Criminal Law, Kansas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You need to contact an attorney, this is a criminal matter.  If you have no previous record your lawyer might be able to work out some form of alternative sentencing that involves a fine, probation, and that will enable you to later clear your record.  Of course there is always the possibility that they may be able to get the charge dropped.  This is why it is important to get an attorney in the area near the court.  They will have contacts within the court and stand a better chance of resolving this matter to your fullest legal advantage.


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