Atlanta, Ga. - According to reports out of Gwinnett County, a former Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta star has been arrested after he allegedly hit and dented another man's vehicle.
The incident involved the man's former girlfriend. This is not the first time that he has made headlines for criminal offenses. Last year, he was accused of screaming racist slurs at an Asian officer in Brookhaven when he was detained after allegedly missing a court date in another case.
As an Atlanta DUI Lawyer, I will focus on one of the offenses that the former star has been accused of multiple times - obstruction.
Whether obstruction is a misdemeanor or a felony is dependent on the circumstances of the offense. The breakdown of the two levels of obstruction occurs in the first two sections of the law.
Misdemeanor obstruction is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-10-24(a) as:
When a person knowingly or willfully obstructs or hinders any law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge of his official duties.
The penalty for a misdemeanor conviction in Georgia is a fine up to $1,000, jail time up to one year, or both. It can also come with community service, anger management classes, or any other punishments allowed under the misdemeanor sentencing laws of Georgia.
Felony obstruction is defined in O.C.G.A. §16-10-24(b) as:
When a person knowingly and willfully resists, obstructs, or opposes any law enforcement officer, prison guard, correctional officer, community supervision officer, probation officer, or conservation officer in the lawful discharge of his or her official duties by offering or doing violence to the person.
The penalty for a felony obstruction conviction is a prison term between one and five years. In addition to any prison term imposed, the accused will pay a fine of at least $300. Furthermore, the penalty could include community service and anger management classes.
Call our offices now if you or a loved has been arrested for DUI in Atlanta or any other related offense.