Gwinnett Police Officers Detain the Wrong Man

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 09, 2019 | 0 Comments

According to reports in Gwinnett County, a Florida man was wrongly accused and arrested for shoplifting at a local Walmart.

Security at the Walmart were attempting to help police detain a suspect for shoplifting. They flagged the wrong man however. When the wrong man walked out of the Walmart, police attempted to detain him instead.

The man then allegedly resisted arrest and punched the officer. Officers then resulted to using a Taser on him.

As a DUI Lawyer in Gwinnett County I am very familiar with defending against accusations of people resisting arrest. The offense is known as obstruction and is commonly seen side by side with charges of DUI in Gwinnett County.

In today's post, I will define the law behind the offense of obstruction.

Obstruction in Gwinnett County

Obstruction is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. § 16-10-24. The statute divides the offense into misdemeanor and felony obstruction.

Misdemeanor obstruction is defined as:

A person who knowingly and willfully obstructs or hinders any law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge of his official duties is guilty of a misdemeanor.

If convicted of misdemeanor obstruction, a person is facing a jail sentence of 12 months and fines up to $1,000.

Felony obstruction is defined as:

Whoever knowingly and willfully resists, obstructs, or opposes any law enforcement officer, prison guard, correctional officer, probation supervisor, parole supervisor, or conservation ranger in the lawful discharge of his official duties by offering or doing violence to the person of such officer or legally authorized person is guilty of a felony.

If convicted of felony obstruction, a person is facing up to five years of prison.

DUI Penalties in Gwinnett County should not be taken lightly. Even for a first DUI in Gwinnett County, it is important to hire a DUI attorney who can properly defend you in your case.

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About the Author

Richard Lawson

Richard S. Lawson is passionate about intoxicated driving defense. Unlike some attorneys, Mr. Lawson devotes 100% of his legal practice to helping people stand up for their rights against DUI charges. For more than 20 years, Mr. Lawson has dutifully fought for his clients' freedom, resolving more 4,900 impaired driving cases during the course of his career. Today, Mr. Lawson has developed a reputation as a skilled negotiator and continues to help clients by fighting to keep them out of jail.


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