Tampering with a Witness

A witness can have a great amount of credibility in a trial. He or she may be the deciding factor between a guilty or not guilty verdict. It is for this reason that his or her thoughts and actions need to be protected and not tampered with during court proceedings. A person can be charged with tampering with a witness if he or she tries to influence a witness or possible witness by offering a benefit to the witness or by threatening a witness.

A common act of coercion is attempting to make the witness testify falsely. In these cases, a witness will publicly disagree with what information he or she knows. A person can also be charged with tampering with a witness if he or she attempts to make the witness withhold any information, evidence, or testimonies that could further advance the case.

Witnesses may also be coerced into evading a legal process that requires he testify or provide evidence. Being absent from a legal summons is a common practice and is punishable by law. The witness also breaks the law when he or she accepts compensation for his or her trial misrepresentation.

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Texas is hard on criminals. If an individual is charged and found guilty of tampering with a witness, he or she can face a state jail felony. It is absolutely essential to have a lawyer that is willing to fight with you throughout the legal process. If you have been accused of tampering with a witness, do not hesitate to contact experienced Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950


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