Witness Tampering

Witness Tampering occurs when an individual uses intimidation or physical force, threatens another person, or attempts to do so, or offers money or gain to another person with the intent to cause that person to withhold testimony or documentation, alter or destroy evidence, not appear at a hearing, and/or testify untruthfully at a hearing or official investigation.

Witness tampering is a crime at both the state and federal level. The penalties for witness tampering increase based on the type of prosecution or proceeding affected. For example, if an individual is convicted of witness tampering in a misdemeanor investigation or proceeding in the State of Florida, a judge can impose any combination of the following penalties: up to five years in prison; up to five years of probation; up to $5,000 in fines. The penalties are more severe if an individual is convicted in the State of Florida for witness tampering in a first-degree felony investigation or proceeding. In that situation, a judge can order the following penalties: up to thirty years in prison; up to thirty years of probation; and up to $10,000 in fines.

If you have been accused of witness tampering, give Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi a call right away. We can defend your rights in court and advise you as to the proper course of action that can be taken.


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