Any person who is caught by Tampering with a Deceased Human Body, or anywhere in Colorado, will be facing serious felony charges. Police require crime scenes to remain exactly as they were in order for them to have a chance at solving the case. Perhaps you were caught by an officer, recorded on camera, crime scene photos showed differences, or you are just suspected of tampering with a deceased body. You may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, or have been falsely accused of moving or altering the body at an official proceeding. Regardless of the circumstances, make sure to politely exercise your right to remain silent if contacted by police. They are not your friend and will use anything you say against you.
Definition of Tampering with a Decease Human Body in Denver, Colorado
(1) A person commits tampering with a deceased human body if, believing that an official proceeding is pending, in progress, or about to be instituted and acting without legal right or authority, the person willfully destroys, mutilates, conceals, removes, or alters a human body, part of a human body, or human remains with intent to impair its or their appearance or availability in the official proceedings.
Tampering with a Deceased Human Body is Different than Tampering with Physical Evidence in Jefferson County
18-8-610. Tampering with Physical Evidence – Definition
1) 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.
What is the Penalty for Tampering with a Deceased Human Body?
Tampering with a Decease Human Body is a class 3 felony in Adams County (much more serious than Tampering with Physical Evidence, a class 6 felony). If convicted, you will be facing a minimum sentence of four years in the Colorado Department of Corrections and a fine of $3,000. The maximum penalty for a class 3 felony in Colorado is 12 years in prison and a fine up to $750,000. As with any other criminal conviction in Colorado, you will also be facing a term of mandatory parole. Having a felony conviction on your record will make it tough to find housing, pass background checks, and to get a job. These charges have the power to ruin your future, and you have the power to fight them with an experienced lawyer leading the way.
Douglas County Lawyer for Tampering with a Deceased Human Body
Tampering with a Deceased Human Body is a serious charge. If you are contacted by police, be smart. Exercise your right to remain silent and contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at O'Malley and Sawyer. Call us today at 303-830-0880 to set up a free consultation, or to schedule a jail visit. Together, we can protect your future.