You commit obstructing justice under one definition when: (1) you knowingly furnish false information, (2) intending to prevent the apprehension of any person, and (3) the false information materially impeded the administration of justice. See 720 ILCS 5/31-4(a)(1).   Note that the third element wasn’t added until October 28, 2020.

For example, in People v. Prince, the defendant was arrested and gave police a false name and date of birth in order to prevent his capture under an outstanding warrant.  The court found that the defendant had furnished false information in order to avoid apprehension.  However, the court held that the state did not prove that the defendant materially impeded justice.  For one thing, the defendant was already in custody.

If you have been charged with obstructing justice or a similar offense, contact an experienced criminal law attorney. An attorney can review your case for its best possible defense.  Did the officer have probable cause to stop you?    Did you knowingly furnish misinformation?  Were you unaware of an outstanding warrant against you and thus had no intent to escape apprehension?   Even if the police acted lawfully and the evidence against you is overwhelming, an attorney, who is respected in the courthouse, may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea agreement than you could on your own.

            If you have questions about this or another related Illinois criminal or traffic matter, please contact Matt Keenan at 847-568-0160 or email matt@mattkeenanlaw.com.

See also: People v. Casler

(Besides Skokie, Matt Keenan also serves the communities of Arlington Heights, Chicago, Deerfield, Des Plaines, Evanston, Glenview, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Rolling Meadows, Wilmette and Winnetka.)

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