INTIMIDATION OF A WITNESS OR VICTIM
Intimidating a Witness or Victim, C.R.S. 18-8-704
Intimidation or Intimidating a Witness or Victim, C.R.S. 18-8-704, can occur unintentionally in Jefferson, Arapahoe and Douglas County. The Colorado legislature has made small conduct like calling someone a name or telling them, “I can’t believe you called the police”, chargeable as a class 4 felony. These statements could be construed as harassment, which, when directed toward a witness or victim, amounts to a felony.
Elements of the Crime of Intimidating (Intimidation of) a Witness or Victim:
“By the use of a threat, act of harassment, act of harm, act of injury, to any person or property, directed to any witness or victim or someone close to them, the accused attempts or actually does 1) influence the witness or victim to testify falsely or unlawfully withhold testimony, 2) induce them to avoid a summons requiring them to testify, 3) induce them to absent themselves from the legal proceeding, or 4) inflict harm or injury to them prior to their testimony.”
Examples of this Crime in the Real World:
Did you know that it is Harassment, C.R.S. 18-9-111, to use obscene language toward a person with the intent to annoy them? If the obscenity is directed toward a witness or victim’s family member, you can be charged with a class 4 felony Intimidating or Intimidation of a Witness or Victim in Adams, Denver, Broomfield and Boulder County. The DA will argue that you made the obscene comments with the intent to influence the recipient to “unlawfully withhold testimony”. Coupled with the need of many people for drama in their lives, the crime of Intimidation (Intimidating) a Witness or Victim if easy to come by.
It is always best to have no contact with an alleged victim, witness or their family members. Tempers are running high and parties are looking for opportunities to get revenge against you. Victim and witness family members will be looking for a reason to call police and accuse you of something. Protect yourself by allowing an experienced lawyer to defend against all charges – don’t try and affect the outcome by calls or visits to alleged victims or their family members.
For over twenty years, we have been defending good people falsely accused of Intimidation (Intimidating) a Witness or Victim in Broomfield, Boulder and Weld County. So, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced attorneys at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.