Obstruction by Disguise
The Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert and Leifert represent all types of cases; many of our clients face charges related to the violation of s. 843.03 of the Florida State Statutes. The subsection in question, which deals with the act of obstruction by someone in disguise, is below:
843.03 Obstruction by disguised person.-- Whoever in any manner disguises himself or herself with intent to obstruct the due execution of the law, or with the intent to intimidate, hinder, or interrupt any officer, beverage enforcement agent, or other person in the legal performance of his or her duty or the exercise of his or her rights under the constitution or laws of this state, whether such intent is effected or not, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
Our criminal defense attorneys often see this violation cited in instances of individuals evading law enforcement by way of disguising themselves. While adorning yourself in a costume is not necessarily a crime, doing so – or altering your appearance in any other manner – with the intent of intimidating or hindering or interfering with the legal responsibilities and duties of other people (including law enforcement officers) is a crime; so too is disguising yourself for the purpose of interfering with the lawful exercise of rights of any other individual. This offense, that of obstruction by disguise, can yield a first-degree misdemeanor charge and conviction. This type of offense is thus punishable as outlined in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
As our Palm Beach and Broward County criminal defense attorneys know, according to the aforementioned statutes, a first-degree misdemeanor conviction, such as a conviction in a case stemming from a violation of s. 843.03, can yield a punishment of up to 1 year in prison or $1,000.00 in fines. Additionally, statutes permitting, the punishment for a first-degree misdemeanor such as obstruction by disguise can be up to 1 year in prison and up to $1,000.00 in fines.
Our Palm Beach and Broward criminal defense attorneys routinely represent individuals charged with crimes such as violations of s. 843.03; our firm is uniquely able to handle these types of cases because our lawyers are all former-prosecutors. As former state prosecutors, we know the strategies that the state employs in trying these cases; moreover, we know the individuals prosecuting and overseeing the trials. As such, in defending your case, we bring to the table both expert legal know-how and insider knowledge of how the local judicial system works.
If you have been arrested for or charged with the crime of obstruction by disguise in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County, please contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert. We strive to exonerate our clients completely, and when exoneration is not possible, we strive to ensure that our clients avoid prison time altogether. For a free consultation and to see how our firm can help you aggressively fight these charges, call us at 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-888-533-3363).