Q: Not answering door. Hindering? Arrest warrant
A: A conviction for misdemeanor obstruction or hindering an officer requires proof of some form of knowing and willful opposition to the officer sufficient to constitute obstruction or hindrance. West's Ga.Code Ann. § 16–10–24(a). Martinez v. State, 743 S.E.2d 621 (Ga. Ct. App. 2013).
The State need not prove forcible resistance or violence to sustain a conviction for misdemeanor obstruction, and it follows that an officer need not wait until a person attempts to strike him before he can arrest that person for obstruction. West's Ga.Code Ann. § 16–10–24(a). Brown v. State, 739 S.E.2d 32 (Ga. Ct. App. 2013).
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