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Witness Tampering is a Vague Line in Denver and Jefferson County

On Behalf of | Aug 15, 2017 | Tampering |

Jefferson County and Denver County Lawyer for Witness Tampering

Witness Tampering is what police charge in Jefferson and Denver County, when you or a family member talk with a victim or witness about what they have said to police, or are going to say at trial. There is a fine and vague line which is only crossed when a cop feels you are hurting their case. District Attorneys love to manipulate these conversations their advantage. Imagine you on the witness stand and the DA asks you, “Ms. Smith, isn’t it true that you called witness Jones and talked about his testimony?” “You did not call witness Jones to get him to testify against your son, did you?” You can instantly cross into dangerous territory. More information on Witness Tampering.

Witness Tampering: How Police, Social Services and District Attorneys Break the Law in Arapahoe and Douglas County

Witness Tampering can occur in any criminal case, when someone pressures or suggests that a victim or witness in a criminal case to take a position one way or the other. Yet the Department of Human Services, Victim Advocates and police, do just that in Arapahoe County and Douglas County, Colorado. We recently learned of yet another case where DHS has threatened a wife that if she does not divorce her husband, she may lose custody of her kids. Police never follow up on complaints against DHS and we’ve never heard of a cop or DA filing charges against DHS or one of their Victim Advocates. Police regularly pressure victims and they never get charged with Witness or Victim Tampering. You, on the other hand, will quickly be charged. Castle Rock Tampering Attorney.

Accused Defendants Must Stay Far Away in Adams County Protection Order Cases

Most Colorado courts place a restraining order or protection order against the defendant in a criminal case. The terms of these orders provide that you not “harass, intimidate, or retaliate against any witness or victim in the case.” Any calls or contact with an alleged victim or witness can be considered a violation of the order. Then, the defendant gets charged with a protection order violation and Witness Tampering. Be careful, because in most Adams County Domestic Violence cases we see the government eagerly ask their victim whether the defendant or anyone on his behalf have made any contact. A protection order or restraining order violation is a separate crime.

The Law in Denver, Colorado on Witness Tampering

C.R.S. 18-8-707 states that people should never ask or suggest that a witness or victim in a criminal case make any false statements or not say certain things. It is risky to even talk with alleged victims and their witnesses. Many of them will lie about your contact, just like they lied to police about their original allegations. Most people today do not have any conscience, so lying comes easy. Anyone who calls a “victim” takes an incredible risk. Since defense lawyers know the law best, let them have conversations with an investigator present.

If you are contacted by police, never discuss your conversation with a witness or victim. The officer is trying to charge you with a crime. Instead, call our affordable defense lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.