Trying to get back at a victim of a crime or a witness to a crime is a serious offense in the state of Colorado. Retaliating against a witness or victim has lengthy consequences if convicted. The terms witness and victim cover many individuals in a criminal offense and one misguided step can be costly. Whether you were encouraged by another to seek revenge or you let your frustration or anger get the best of you, your future is at stake if facing these accusations. Consult a top criminal defense attorney right away to discuss your situation and begin the vital steps of your defense.
Colorado Witness / Victim Retaliation Law
Colorado's witness / victim retaliation law prohibits specific acts made towards these individuals, their family members, and those close to them. CRS 18-8-706 addresses these criminal acts throughout Denver, Colorado Springs, and Aurora. Law enforcement will pursue charges if they believe you:
- used a threat, act of harassment, or act of harm or injury,
- as retaliation against a witness or victim of a crime or others in their lives
A witness or victim's close relationships, family members, and even those living in the same household are all protected by this law. Communicating with these individuals via text, email, direct messaging, or other communication apps can lead to trouble quickly. Following them in public, directing obscenities towards them, or any form of harmful touching is also unlawful.
Witnesses to a crime include anyone with knowledge of facts related to an offense, reported a crime to police, or has been subpoenaed.
Penalties for Retaliating Against a Witness or Victim
Witness or victim retaliation is a class 3 felony throughout Denver, Arapahoe, and Jefferson County. A conviction can lead to:
- a prison sentence of 4 - 12 years,
- a max fine of $750K,
- 5 years of parole
There can also be civil penalties in these cases as well. Victims of this offense are eligible for damages, whether it be injury, property damage, or attorney costs.
Defense Attorney for Crimes Against Witnesses or Victims
When accused of committing a crime against a witness or victim, defendants need to seek skilled representation and quickly. The stiff penalties in combination with the sensitivity surrounding these types of crimes make for an especially difficult situation. You need a strategic defense attorney focused on protecting your future and achieving the best possible outcome. Contact our office today for a free, confidential consultation. We will thoroughly analyze your unique case, answer your questions, and recommend next steps in your defense.
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