What does obstruction mean in legal terms?

§ 1503 defines “obstruction of justice” as an act that “corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice.”

What is a obstruction case?

(i) giving of false or fabricated information to mislead or prevent the law enforcement agencies from apprehending the offender or from protecting the life or property of the victim; or fabricating information from the data gathered in confidence by investigating authorities for purposes of background information and …

Is obstruction a criminal offence?

It is illegal to obstruct the road. If somebody unlawfully assumes ownership of areas of a road, they are breaking the law. If a person, without lawful authority or excuse, in any way wilfully obstructs the free passage along a road, they are also guilty of an offence.

What is obstruction of justice and circumstances?

Broadly, obstruction of justice is a forceful, threatening or corrupt act or communication that obstructs, impedes or influences the administration of justice. Actions that may be charged as obstruction of justice include: Destroying physical evidence. Deleting relevant computer files, emails or text messages.

What is unnecessary obstruction?

Regulation 103 of the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 creates the offence of unnecessary obstruction. No person in charge of a motor vehicle or trailer shall cause or permit the vehicle to stand on a road so as to cause any unnecessary obstruction of the road.

What is level 3 on the standard scale?

37 The standard scale of fines for summary offences. E+W

Level on the scale Amount of fine
2 £500
3 £1,000
4 £2,500
5 £5,000]

Is it illegal to obstruct a footpath?

It is an offence to obstruct a pavement, contrary to Regulation 103 of The Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986. Rule 145 of the Highway Code states You MUST NOT drive on or over a pavement, footpath or bridleway except to gain lawful access to property, or in the case of an emergency.

What is level 5 on the standard scale?

What is the maximum sentence a magistrates can impose?

In the magistrates’ court, the maximum sentence that can be imposed on an adult defendant for a single either-way offence is 6 months’ imprisonment and/or a fine. [Note that this is increasing to 12 months in early 2022.]

How much is a Level 3 fine?

9. Maximum fines

Level 1 £200
Level 2 £500
Level 3 £1,000
Level 4 £2,500
Level 5 Unlimited (for offences committed after 13 March 2015)*