I can't imagine it would be easy to stand by and watch a family member be investigated for a crime in Arapahoe County, especially when you have the power to do something. An Aurora police officer recently found himself in that predicament, and chose to intervene. According to the news, the officer had requested copies of police reports that had been filed after someone accused his nephew of carrying a gun and showing it around. The officer went to his nephew's house and took the gun, emptying the bullets into a plastic tub. A search warrant for the officer's house was executed and the gun and bullets were found, leading to his arrest for Tampering with Physical Evidence.
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Douglas County Tampering with Physical Evidence Charges: What is the Definition of Tampering with Evidence?
The Douglas County, Colorado definition of Tampering with Physical Evidence – C.R.S. 18-8-610 – is:
“A person commits tampering with physical evidence if, believing that an official proceeding is pending or about to be instituted and acting without legal right or authority, he:
(a) Destroys, mutilates, conceals, removes, or alters physical evidence with intent to impair its verity or availability in the pending or prospective official proceeding; or
(b) Knowingly makes, presents, or offers any false or altered physical evidence with intent that it be introduced in the pending or prospective official proceeding.”
The officer is most likely charged under part (a) for trying to conceal the gun. It seems he wanted it out of the nephew's house, so that maybe the investigation would be dropped, knowing it was a vital piece of evidence to a crime.
Sentence for Tampering with Evidence in Denver County
As a class 6 felony in Arapahoe and Denver County, Tampering with Physical Evidence is punishable by 12 to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections and up to $100,000 in fines. More importantly for the officer, a conviction of this nature will probably preclude him from working as a law enforcement officer. Often, criminal cases have far reaching consequences beyond the sentence you are given. That's why at the O'Malley Law Office, we fight for the best possible outcome, not just at the moment, but for you in the long run.
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