Intimidating witnesses court
The witness is not aware that this particular group has a history of going after witnesses who testify against them.
The witness' friend is aware of this reputation, and desperately tries to warn his friend about the dangers of testifying against this particular organization.
, you may be driven to try to destroy evidence or influence witnesses in your case.
However, doing so will only make your situation worse and strengthen the case against you.
Examples A man has non-consensual sex with a woman he met at a bar and is afraid that she will file a report with the local police and he will charged with a Sex Crime, specifically Forcible Rape under California Penal Code Section 261(a)(2).
He approaches the woman and offers to pay her a large sum of money if she agrees not to report him to authorities.
Instead of taking matters into your own hands, your attorney should be the one building a strong defense on your behalf and reassuring you with answers to any questions you may have.
(3) As used in this section, ''harass'' shall mean to engage in any act directed at a specific person or persons, which act seriously alarms or annoys such person or persons and would cause a reasonable person to suffer substantial emotional distress.
Let’s break down the two of the most common federal tampering crimes: Recently, institutions such as banks and corporations have been in the news for “cooking the books,” or tampering with evidence. Examples of federal tampering crimes include: Under U. Code 18 Section 1519, federal evidence tampering can be charged as a felony and is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to 0,000. Code 18 Section 1512, it is illegal to interfere with witness testimony or cooperation in a criminal case. Federal witness intimidation is punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to 0,000.
Witness intimidation is a form of obstruction of justice. To be charged with witness intimidation, it must be proven that you attempted to alter or prevent witness testimony. A person charged with witness intimidation can either be the defendant in a case or a person who tries to interfere with a witness’ testimony on behalf of the defendant or the prosecution. Examples of witness intimidation include: Depending on the circumstances of your case, federal witness intimidation can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony under U. If you used or attempted to use physical force to intimidate a witness, you face a federal prison sentence of up to 30 years. At Wallin & Klarich, our federal attorneys have over 30 years of experience successfully defending persons accused of committing federal crimes.
For example, Massachusetts courts have upheld convictions of Intimidation for pointing a cell phone camera at a witness waiting to testify; and even for threats made after the close of the evidence at trial but before the jury had returned with a verdict.
Additionally, Massachusetts prosecutors are now using this statute to charge persons with Intimidation if they are interviewed and lie or mislead the police in their criminal investigation.