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.
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