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Obstructing Governmental Operations

What is the crime of obstructing governmental operations in Alabama?

Under Alabama law, a person commits this crime if by means of intimidation, physical force, interference, or any other independently unlawful act they intentionally obstruct, impair or otherwise hinder the administration of law or governmental function or if they intentionally prevent a public servant, such as a police officer, from performing their governmental function. This law does not apply to somebody who is obstructing, impairing, or hindering law enforcement in making an arrest. See Alabama Code § 13A-10-2 (1975)

Here is the actual law:

Section 13A-10-2 - Obstructing governmental operations
(a) A person commits the crime of obstructing governmental operations if, by means of intimidation, physical force or interference or by any other independently unlawful act, he:
(1) Intentionally obstructs, impairs or hinders the administration of law or other governmental function; or
(2) Intentionally prevents a public servant from performing a governmental function.
(b) This section does not apply to the obstruction, impairment or hindrance of the making of an arrest.
(c) Obstructing governmental operations is a Class A misdemeanor

If you were accused of this crime, your lawyer will see if the various elements of the law have been met and try to determine whether you could avoid a conviction in this matter. First, they will look at whether the public servant was conducting an actual governmental function and if they were legally authorized to undertake their action on behalf of the government.

A public and servant is an employee of the government. Your lawyer would look out whether or not this individual was acting as a public servant at the time of your arrest.

Your lawyer also would determine if the evidence establishes you were acting intentionally.

Even if you are guilty of the crime, your lawyer may assist you to avoid a conviction. 

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