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Interference With Official Acts — Jailers

One of the new crimes passed in Iowa in 2016 is Senate File 2115 for “Interference With Official Acts — Jailers.” The Act relates to interference with official acts against a jailer.

Under the Act, a person who knowingly resists or obstructs anyone known by the person to be a jailer, in the performance of any act which is within the scope of the lawful duty or authority of that jailer, commits the crime of interference with official acts.

Currently, such actions constitute interference with official acts only if the actions involved a peace officer, emergency medical care provider under Iowa Code chapter 147A, or firefighter. 

The Act defines “jailer” as a person who is employed by a county or other political subdivision of the state to work at a county jail or other facility used for purposes of the confinement of persons who have committed public offenses, but who is not a peace officer.

The criminal offense for the commission of interference with official acts pursuant to the Act ranges from a serious misdemeanor through a class “C” felony depending upon the facts of the offense. 

Attorney for Interference with a Jailer

If you are charged with interference with a jailer, or related offenses for obstruction of a law enforcement officer, peace officer, emergency medical care provider or firefighter, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.

Call the attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. to discuss this new criminal charge, the potential penalties, and important defenses that might exist in your case. 

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