Obstructing Official Business in Ohio


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Obstructing official business (OOB) generally occurs when a police officer is actively engaged in an investigation, arrest, or some other activity within their job description, and someone purposefully prevents, obstructs, or causes delay in the performance of their lawful duties. This is not just limited to police officers however. A person can be charged with obstructing official business of any public official acting within their official capacity.

So what is a public official?

Under Ohio Law, a public official is any elected or appointed officer, or employee, or agent of the state or any political subdivision, whether in a temporary or permanent capacity, including but not limited to legislators, judges, and law enforcement officers.

Obstructing is a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the act creates a risk of physical harm to any person; Then it is a felony of the fifth degree.


If you or a loved one has been charged with obstructing official business, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Call 614-205-2208 for a free consultation with a Columbus Ohio obstructing official business lawyer from The Maher Law Firm.