Orlando Obstruction of Justice Defense Attorney
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act gives federal prosecutors the green light to charge corporate employees with the obstruction of justice when there is evidence that records were concealed or destroyed during the course of an official investigation. Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 1503, it a federal crime to corruptly endeavor to influence, obstruct, or imped the due administration of justice. It’s not uncommon for businesses to panic when they get a subpoena from a state or federal regulator and shred documents, delete computer files, and erase texts. Unfortunately, even if the initial investigation ultimately yields no criminal wrongdoing the government will indict for tampering with evidence or obstruction of justice.
As a result, it’s essential to hire an experienced attorney when your business is contacted by a regulator or law enforcement official. This will typically should happen once there has been service of a criminal or regulatory subpoena. The attorney can instruct employees how documents and records should be retained and preserved so they can be produced to the government. The establishment of preservation procedures will alleviate a charge of destruction of evidence. Another way people are charged with obstruction is by contacting victims or witnesses. Also known as witness tampering, the crime involves communicating with a witness in order to withhold evidence, testify falsely, or not testify at all. In 2018 I defended an individual charged with federal witness tampering in the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division and he was found not guilty at trial.
Leverage an Experienced Obstruction of Justice Defense Attorney
When you are facing federal criminal charges, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney with years of experience in federal court. At Dan Eckhart Law, we have tried dozens and dozens of cases in federal court, always fighting aggressively for clients’ rights and freedom.
Attorney Dan Eckhart leverages his experience as a federal prosecutor to help build the strongest strategic defense possible for his clients. He will fight relentlessly to protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome for your future. Call us at 407.276.0500 or use the form on our website to contact us and get started on your defense.