Title 52 - Oil & Gas Code

§52-114. Obstructing or delaying performance of duties a felony.


Any person who knowingly and willfully delays or obstructs any Proration Umpire, any assistant or deputy of the Proration Umpire, or any agent or employee of the Commission, in the performance of any duty enjoined upon such proration umpire, assistant or deputy of such Proration Umpire, or agent, or employee of the Commission, by the provisions of this act or by any lawful order, rule or regulation of the Commission; or who knowingly and willfully delays or obstructs any public officer of the state, or of any municipal subdivision thereof in the discharge or attempted discharge of any duty of his office, arising by virtue of or growing out of the enforcement of or an attempt to enforce the provisions of this act, or any lawful order, rule, or regulation of the Commission made in pursuance of the provisions hereof; or who attempts by means of any threat or violence to deter or prevent any such Proration Umpire, assistant, or deputy of the Proration Umpire, or any agent or employee of the Commission from performing any duty imposed upon them when such duty arises by virtue of or grows out of the attempt to enforce the provisions of this act or of any lawful order, rule, or regulation of the Commission made hereunder, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof may be punished by fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by confinement in the county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or both. If such threat or violence, or such attempted interference or obstruction is accompanied by the use or attempted use of firearms by any such person so offending, then such person shall be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, may be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for a period of not less than one (1) year nor more than five (5) years.

Added by Laws 1933, c. 131, p. 294, § 31, emerg. eff. April 10, 1933. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 492, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 357, eff. July 1, 1999.

NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 492 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.