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Witness Tampering Attorney in Arapahoe County

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Dec 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

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Witness tampering is a crime in Colorado that occurs when someone attempts to influence the decisions of a witness or victim. It is always best to watch what you say around an alleged victim of a crime, a witness, or someone who will be testifying as such in any court proceeding. With consequences potentially including years in prison and six figure fines, consulting a witness tampering attorney is especially important for those accused or charged.

What is Considered Witness Tampering in Colorado?

C.R.S. 18-8-707 describes the actions involved with the crime of tampering with a witness or victim in Colorado. Someone commits this offense when they:

  • influence a witness or victim,
  • to unlawfully withhold testimony,
  • not attend an official court proceeding,
  • or avoid a summons for them to testify

Some confuse this offense with bribing a witness and also intimidating a witness. This crime is different in that it doesn't involve threatening damage to property, violence, or the offer of money or benefit to persuade a witness.

Is Tampering with a Witness or Victim a Felony in Colorado?

It is. Tampering with a witness or victim is a class 4 felony in Arapahoe County and throughout Colorado. Potential ramifications of conviction can include 2 – 6 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, as well as fines ranging from $2,000 – $500,000. Additionally, a parole period of 3 years is mandatory upon release from incarceration.

Offenses Related to Tampering With a Witness or Victim

There are a few other crimes closely associated to tampering with a witness or victim which are particularly important to note. As mentioned above, Bribing a Witness C.R.S. 18-8-703 is also a felony offense that occurs when someone offers money or other benefit to a witness or victim. Additionally, Intimidating a Witness C.R.S. 18-8-704 as well as Retaliation Against a Witness C.R.S. 18-8-706 are felony crimes that involve threats of harm to a witness or victim.

Arapahoe County Defense Lawyer

Whenever a defendant is going through the legal process, those closest to them are susceptible to a criminal charge. The defendant themselves, their family members, defense attorneys, private investigators, and really anyone with an interest in the outcome of a case can face accusations of witness tampering. Contact our office for a free consultation with a skilled witness tampering attorney where they will carefully analyze your unique situation and also offer next steps.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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