Bribing or Bribery of Witness or Victim

Bribing or Bribery of Witness or Victim - C.R.S. 18-8-703

Throughout Broomfield, Adams and Arapahoe County, Colorado, people are seeking a fair trial. Bribing or Bribery of a Witness or Victim, C.R.S. 18-8-703, interferes with the fair trial process for one side. Just like defendants want to avoid lying police, District Attorneys want to avoid witnesses who have been paid to testify a certain way. This crime is similar to Intimidating a Witness or Victim, C.R.S. 18-8-704, since the goal of each is to influence testimony at a hearing or trial.

Bribing a Witness or Victim involves the offer of any benefit (like money or property), conferred in exchange for testifying falsely, to avoid legal process like a summons or subpoena, to withhold testimony, or to not show up at court. You can also be charged with this crime in Denver, Jefferson or Weld County if you offer to provide the thing of value to a member of the victim's family or someone in close association to the witness or victim or someone residing in their household. Obviously, this crime is written very broadly to encompass the most people possible.

Bribing or Bribery charges usually arise when a defendant or their family is trying to help their case and they contact a victim or witness and offer money if that person doesn't come to trial. The expectation is that the defendant will be better off without the testimony, or that the case will be dismissed, if an essential witness does not show up. This crime is a class 4 felony, and is punishable by a prison sentence to the Department of Corrections, so take it very seriously.

If you or a loved one has been contacted by law enforcement about Witness or Victim Bribery allegations, don't give any statements. Instead, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719, right away. Together, we can protect your future.

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