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PC 96.5 Perversion or Obstruction of Justice by Judicial Officer, Court Commissioner, or Referee as Offense; Penalty. | Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney

PC 96.5 Perversion or Obstruction of Justice by Judicial Officer, Court Commissioner, or Referee as Offense; Penalty. This crime is a serious offense that can have serious repercussions on both liberty and employment.  If you have been accused or this crime, contact an attorney to review your case.  

PC 96.5 Perversion or Obstruction of Justice by Judicial Officer, Court Commissioner, or Referee as Offense; Penalty.

PC 96.5(a) Every judicial officer, court commissioner, or referee who commits any act that he or she knows perverts justice, is guilty of a public offense punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year.

(b) Nothing in this section prohibits prosecution under paragraph (5) of subdivision (a) of Section 182 of the Penal Code or any other law.

What are the elements of PC 96.5?

1.  Defendant is a judicial officer, court commissioner, or referee.

2. Defendant committed an act that he or she knows, or should have known, that perverts or obstructs justice or the due administration of the law.

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