2006 Code of Virginia § 18.2-460 - Obstructing justice

18.2-460. Obstructing justice.

A. If any person without just cause knowingly obstructs a judge, magistrate,justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth, witness or any law-enforcementofficer in the performance of his duties as such or fails or refuses withoutjust cause to cease such obstruction when requested to do so by such judge,magistrate, justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth, witness, orlaw-enforcement officer, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

B. If any person, by threats or force, knowingly attempts to intimidate orimpede a judge, magistrate, justice, juror, attorney for the Commonwealth,witness, or any law-enforcement officer, lawfully engaged in his duties assuch, or to obstruct or impede the administration of justice in any court, heshall be deemed to be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

C. If any person by threats of bodily harm or force knowingly attempts tointimidate or impede a judge, magistrate, justice, juror, witness, or anylaw-enforcement officer, lawfully engaged in the discharge of his duty, or toobstruct or impede the administration of justice in any court relating to aviolation of or conspiracy to violate 18.2-248 or subdivision (a) (3), (b)or (c) of 18.2-248.1, or 18.2-46.2 or 18.2-46.3, or relating to theviolation of or conspiracy to violate any violent felony offense listed insubsection C of 17.1-805, he shall be guilty of a Class 5 felony.

D. Any person who knowingly and willfully makes any materially falsestatement or representation to a law-enforcement officer who is in the courseof conducting an investigation of a crime by another is guilty of a Class 1misdemeanor.

(Code 1950, 18.1-310; 1960, c. 358; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1976, c. 269; 1984,c. 571; 1989, c. 506; 1993, c. 747; 1996, c. 718; 1999, cc. 770, 800; 2002,cc. 527, 810, 818; 2003, cc. 111, 149; 2004, cc. 396, 435.)


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