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)
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.