Lawyers know that Tampering with a witness or victim (C.R.S. 18-8-707) in Denver, Jefferson, or Arapahoe County is a very serious matter, and it is charged as a class 4 felony. A person facing a less serious misdemeanor charge in Weld County may find herself in deeper trouble if Tampering with a witness or victim charges are added.
The Tampering with a witness or victim statute makes it unlawful for someone to induce a person who is a witness or a victim in an official proceeding or a criminal case, to make false statements, or to withhold information. Attorneys can tell you that the statute excludes bribery because bribing a victim or witness is addressed in a different statute (C.R.S. 18-8-703) for cases in Adams, Douglas and Larimer County.
The severe penalties for this crime stem from the basic belief in the principles of fairness. While I am one of the first to point out flaws with our criminal justice “system,” I am convinced that we enjoy the very best system in the world. So when those in the government, or someone accused of a crime, or a fellow defense attorney, attempts to keep someone from telling the truth, I share the sentiment that the consequences create a strong deterrent.
As distasteful as Tampering with a witness is, it is equally wrong to accuse a person of this crime when it has not happened. There is a tendency on the part of people in a weak position to find ways to claim someone cheated. Tampering with a witness is one of accusations that come up when things don’t go the way people expect. It may also be used intentional by those that are determined to see someone gets punished. Like the former spouse that wants custody of the children. Any lie feels justified in achieving the desired result. So, contrary to the majority of opinions, I believe people are often accused of things that are not true, and the motives for making false accusations are many. That is why I will defend my clients vigorously, and make prosecutors prove their cases beyond a reasonable doubt.
Defendants, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and those with a stake in the outcome of legal proceedings all have exposure to being accused of Tampering with a witness or victim. If you or someone you know has been charged with this crime anywhere in Colorado, it is essential to seek expert legal advice right away. Don’t make the mistake many have made by trying to explain to authorities your side of the story. When people are under stress, they will often get defensive and say things that make matters worse. So be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.