We've all seen the movies where the police have a key witness which will make or break a case. But, they are murdered or bribed by the opposing party because their testimony is harmful. When a defendant's case goes to trial, both sides seek justice and fairness. In order to maintain this system, our government has put into place certain statutes to protect against intimidation, retaliation, bribes, and detrimental acts against witnesses. If these laws were not in place, our justice system would be full of chaos. People would be offering bribes or proffering threats in their fight for freedom. To ensure this does not happen, Colorado law has three important statutes put into place to ensure a fair legal system for all.
These three statutes were put into
place to ensure a fair legal system for all.
Bribery in Adams and Douglas County
Bribing a Witness / Victim – is charged in Colorado when the accused (the defendant) offers money or another item of value to a witness or victim in an Adams County case or Douglas County case in order to get them to either lie, not share the entire story, or completely disregard a summons to appear in court.
Retaliation in Jefferson County
Retaliation against a Witness or Victim is charged in Colorado when a person who has testified in Jefferson County is either threatened, personally injured, their property is damaged, or they are harassed as an act of revenge from the opposing party in the criminal case as retaliation.
Intimidation in Arapahoe County
Witness or Victim Intimidation takes place in Arapahoe County when a victim or witness are threatened in order to get them to lie, not share everything, or simply not appear in court. If the accused threatens with a weapon, the charge increases to Aggravated Intimidation of a Witness or Victim, C.R.S. 18-8-705.
Douglas County Witness and Victim Crime Lawyer: Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney for Witness / Victim Crimes
If you have been charged with one of the above crimes, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who is knowledgeable about the criminal process to fight on your behalf. Sometimes, District Attorneys in Denver or Douglas County will lump several charges together when a crime is committed against a witness or victim. Charges pile up and sentences are longer. The attorneys at O'Malley and Sawyer, LLC are skilled and experienced in dealing with the many people involved in a criminal case. In some cases, we are able to get many (if not all) charges dropped. We do this by utilizing private investigators, expert witnesses, and professionals who work hard to present your case in a favorable light. We know that having a criminal charge on your record can change your life, and we want to do everything possible to ensure your side of the story is told.