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Can I be arrested for obstruction of justice?

Duluth, GA |

the cops were looking for my boyfriend and had a warrant for his arrest. They wanted to come into my house to search but I told them no. They said they would get a warrant but if I waited until it got there that they would take me too and charge me with obstruction of justice.

they also said I would lose my military retirement and VA benefits.

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No, you will not be convicted of obstruction for refusing to grant the police permission to enter your home when they do not have a warrant. Now, they can arrest you, wrongly, illegally - as sometimes happens unfortunately. BUT, you do not commit a crime by exercising a constitutional right to refuse them entry into your home.

Now, if they waited and then got a warrant and found him inside, things have changed. Now you have done more than just exercise a constitutional right. Now you have done that and at the same time you have harbored a fugitive. That would be obstruction. So, refuse them entry without a warrant, but don't have him inside when they get in.

I hope that clears things up a little.



thanks that cleared things up for me.


Yes but on those grounds you'd have good defenses.


You can be arrested and charged with anything. That being said, it is not illegal to prevent the police from searching your house if they don't have a warrant.


Arrested? Sure. Convicted? Probably not.


Possibly arrested, but very unlikely that you would be convicted.

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Based on the facts you present you would not be arrested for obstruction. It is your Constitutional Right to keep the police out of your house without a warrant barring certain exceptions which don't seem to apply here.

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You can be arrested for whatever is on the officer's mind- unfortunately. Whether or not you'll be convicted is a whole other matter, and as many other attorneys have pointed out, that will probably not be the case. If you have been arrested, I highly encourage you to get an attorney to protect you from further injustice.

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