Chapter 9.56


9.56.010    Obstructing law enforcement officers.

9.56.020    Unauthorized communication with prisoner.

9.56.030    Willfully failing to return to work release.

9.56.040    Crime Prevention Fund contribution required.

9.56.900    Statutes incorporated by reference.

9.56.010 Obstructing law enforcement officers.

A. A person is guilty of obstructing a law enforcement officer if the person:

1. Willfully makes a false or misleading statement to a law enforcement officer who has detained the person during the course of a lawful investigation or lawful arrest; or

2. Willfully hinders, delays, or obstructs any law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official powers or duties.

B. “Law enforcement officer” means any general authority, limited authority or specially commissioned City of Sunnyside peace officer, Washington State peace officer, or federal peace officer as those terms are defined in RCW 10.93.020, and other public officers who are responsible for enforcement of fire, building, zoning, and life and safety codes.

C. Obstructing a law enforcement officer is a gross misdemeanor. [Ord. 1896 § 1, 1995; Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1458 § 1, 1984; Ord. 1235 § 3, 1979: RCW 9A.76.020.]

9.56.020 Unauthorized communication with prisoner.

Every person who, not being authorized by law or by an officer authorized by law, has any verbal communication with any prisoner in the City Jail or brings into or conveys out of the City Jail any writing, clothing, food, tobacco, or any article whatsoever is guilty of the offense of unauthorized communication with prisoner. It is also unlawful for any person to loiter in or about the City detention facility for the purpose of engaging in any conduct prohibited by this section. [Ord. 1645 § 2, 1988; Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985; Ord. 1235 § 3, 1979: RCW 9A.76.192.]

9.56.030 Willfully failing to return to work release.

Any prisoner approved for placement in a work-release program at the City Jail who willfully fails to return to the City Jail at the time specified shall be guilty of the offense of willfully failing to return to work release. The provisions of this section shall be incorporated in every work-release program accepted by the City Jail/Police Department. [Ord. 1645 § 2, 1988; Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985.]

9.56.040 Crime Prevention Fund contribution required.

In any case where an accused has been convicted of the below-listed offenses, there shall be, in addition to any fine levied, a penalty in the amount of $150.00, per case, which shall be nonsuspendable, and which shall be paid to the Police Department Crime Prevention Fund. The fact that this penalty is imposed on each case shall not in any way reduce the obligation of the accused to pay the fine prescribed by the court:


9.56.010    Obstructing Law Enforcement Officers

9.56.030    Willfully Failing to Return to Work Release


9A.76.040    Resisting Arrest

9A.76.080    Rendering Criminal Assistance Second Degree

9A.76.090    Rendering Criminal Assistance Third Degree

9A.76.130    Escape in the Third Degree

[Ord. 1826 § 2, 1993; Ord. 1592 § 2, 1987.]

9.56.900 Statutes incorporated by reference.

The following statutes are incorporated in this chapter by reference:


9.31.090    Escaped Prisoner Recaptured

9A.76.010    Definitions

9A.76.030    Refusing to Summon Aid for a Peace Officer

9A.76.040    Resisting Arrest

9A.76.050    Rendering Criminal Assistance – Definition of Term

9A.76.060    Relative – Defined

9A.76.080    Rendering Criminal Assistance in the Second Degree

9A.76.090    Rendering Criminal Assistance in the Third Degree

9A.76.100    Compounding

9A.76.130    Escape in the Third Degree

9A.76.160    Introducing Contraband in the Third Degree

9A.76.175    Making a False or Misleading Statement to a Public Servant

[Ord. 2016-13 § 1, 2016; Ord. 1519 § 1, 1985.]