The definition of obstruction of justice is very broad and includes any interference with the application of the law, so there are many offenses that can be considered obstruction of justice. Some examples include:
Lying during questioning;
Providing false testimony or documents during an investigation;
Assisting another person in providing false testimony during an investigation; and
Attempting to influence a defense or government witness.
What Is the Penalty for Obstruction of Justice?
Since there are so many offenses that can constitute obstruction of justice, the penalty will vary based on the severity of the offense. Penalties can range from simple fines to jail time of up to ten years.