Obstruction of Governmental Operation Law & Legal Definition


Obstruction of governmental operations is an offence against Public Administration resulting in the obstruction of public administration. A person commits this crime if he uses intimidation, physical force or interference, or uses some independently unlawful act to obstruct any governmental operation, or intentionally prevents a public servant from performing his governmental duty by the use of such force.

Example of a State Statute defining the term

The Code of Alabama Section 13A-10-2 defines the offence of obstructing governmental operations as follows:

§ 13A-10-2. Obstructing governmental operations.

(a) A person commits the crime of obstructing governmental operations if, by means of intimidation, physical force or interference or by any other independently unlawful act, he:

(1) Intentionally obstructs, impairs or hinders the administration of law or other governmental function; or

(2) Intentionally prevents a public servant from performing a governmental function.

(b) This section does not apply to the obstruction, impairment or hindrance of the making of an arrest.

(c) Obstructing governmental operations is a Class A misdemeanor.