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What is the definition of witness tampering?

The definition of witness tampering is the use of coercion or bodily harm to intimidate a witness in any court proceeding, with the purpose of getting the witness to change their testimony or to drop the charges. An example of witness tampering would be a person threatens to do physical harm to a witness if they testify against them in court. Read below to find answers given by the Experts relating to witness tampering and the punishment for witness tampering.

Is it possible for a person to be charged with witness tampering, even if the witness and the accused have never even met?

A person may be charged of witness tampering, if the state feels that evidence is strong enough to support the charge of witness tampering. There is no condition that states that the person being charged with witness tampering and the witness have to have ever met each other. There are other ways that a witness may be coerced without ever meeting the accused. For example pressure may be applied to the witness via mail, email, texting, or even over the phone. There is also the use of another individual to apply pressure to the witness.

Can a P.I. be charged with witness tampering for asking a victim to allow a suspect to get a diversion instead of a proceeding with the court, if a defense attorney asks them to do it?

It is not considered witness tampering as long as the private investigator did not attempt to coerce the victim into not testifying or try to get them to falsify their testimony, and just passed on the offer from the defense attorney; then the individual is just an acting agent of the defense attorney. If the P.I. continues to harass the victim in an effort to accept the offer once the offer has been refused, then it should be reported to the prosecuting attorney to stop the harassment.

Is it considered witness tampering if a person were to talk to the victim in a court case and during the course of the conversation asked the victim to drop the charges on the defendant; even if the person did not push or threaten in anyway the victim when asking them to drop the charges?

This may be considered witness tampering, and is a serious offense. If the victim reports this to the district attorney, charges may then be brought forth for witness tampering.

If a person has already been to the state attorney and the other party has been served, and then the other party is offering monetary compensation to drop the charges, is this considered witness tampering?

The offering of monetary compensation in return for not working with the state attorney in a criminal investigation can be constituted as witness tampering. Also if the case reaches the state then it is no longer up to the victim, at that point it is up to the prosecutor to drop the charges. The prosecutor may take the victims inclinations into consideration when deciding.

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