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Does Missouri have a law on witness intimidation If so what

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Does Missouri have a law on witness intimidation? If so what is it?
<p>Hello.</p><p> </p><p>Here it is. Hope this helps.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Tampering with a witness--tampering with a victim. </strong></p><p>575.270. 1. A person commits the crime of tampering with a witness if, with purpose to induce a witness or a prospective witness to disobey a subpoena or other legal process, or to absent himself or avoid subpoena or other legal process, or to withhold evidence, information or documents, or to testify falsely, he: </p><p>(1) Threatens or causes harm to any person or property; or </p><p>(2) Uses force, threats or deception; or </p><p>(3) Offers, confers or agrees to confer any benefit, direct or indirect, upon such witness; or </p><p>(4) Conveys any of the foregoing to another in furtherance of a conspiracy. </p><p>2. A person commits the crime of "victim tampering" if, with purpose to do so, he prevents or dissuades or attempts to prevent or dissuade any person who has been a victim of any crime or a person who is acting on behalf of any such victim from: </p><p>(1) Making any report of such victimization to any peace officer, or state, local or federal law enforcement officer or prosecuting agency or to any judge; </p><p>(2) Causing a complaint, indictment or information to be sought and prosecuted or assisting in the prosecution thereof; </p><p>(3) Arresting or causing or seeking the arrest of any person in connection with such victimization. </p><p>3. Tampering with a witness in a prosecution, tampering with a witness with purpose to induce the witness to testify falsely, or victim tampering is a class C felony if the original charge is a felony. Otherwise, tampering with a witness or victim tampering is a class A misdemeanor. Persons convicted under this section shall not be eligible for parole. </p><blockquote>(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1983 S.B. 24, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353) </blockquote>
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Yes I know the definition of it, but does it apply in Missouri! And what kind of charges can a person face?
That IS the law in Missouri, taken directly from the Missouri statutes. And the charge is at the beginning of the statute I pasted: "Tampering with a witness/tampering with a victim." The charge is being in violation of that statute by engaging in one of the listed activities.
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