Jefferson County Intimidating a Witness or Victim and Aggravated Intimidation – Stopping False Allegations
In many cases, family and friends of someone in jail want to stop a witness or victim from falsely testifying against their family member. In an effort to stop witnesses from making false allegations, they will pressure or outright threaten the potential witness. This is a crime known as Intimidating a Witness or Victim. If the act of intimidation is actually committed, and a deadly weapon is used, then the crime increases to Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness or Victim. More on What is Intimidating a Witness.
Arapahoe County and Douglas County Definition of and Intimidating a Witness or Victim
Here is the definition of Intimidation / Intimidating a Witness or Victim in Arapahoe and Douglas County:
(1) A person commits tampering with a witness or victim if he intentionally attempts without bribery or threats to induce a witness or victim or a person he believes is to be called to testify as a witness or victim in any official proceeding or who may be called to testify as a witness to or victim of any crime to:
(a) Testify falsely or unlawfully withhold any testimony; or
(b) Absent himself from any official proceeding to which he has been legally summoned; or
(c) Avoid legal process summoning him to testify.
(2) Tampering with a witness or victim is a class 4 felony.
Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness or Victim Lawyer in Adams County and Thornton
When someone commits Intimidating a Witness or Victim, and they have a gun or knife, then the crime increases to Aggravated Intimidation. Here is the specific requirement to increase the severity of this crime:
If, during the act of intimidating, he:
(1) Is armed with a deadly weapon with the intent, if resisted, to kill, maim, or wound the person being intimidated or any other person; or
(2) Knowingly wounds the person being intimidated or any other person with a deadly weapon, or by the use of force, threats or intimidation with a deadly weapon knowingly puts the person being intimidated or any other person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury,
then, the crime of Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness or Victim occurs.
This crime is a class 3 felony, with a potential sentence of sixteen years in the Department of Corrections.
We know witnesses lie and offer false testimony. False accusations are common in criminal cases. Never speak to police if you are charged with Intimidation of a Witness. Instead, call our defense lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.