If you have pending criminal charges in Jacksonville or are a friend or relative of someone who does, witness tampering can come up. As a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, I have had many clients who want to contact the alleged victim in a domestic battery case or call the witnesses to their DUI case. I always warn them to be careful to not try to sway the witness or victim because they could be charged with witness tampering.
You can be charged with this in Jacksonville if you use intimidation, force, or threat to make someone to:
1. Withhold testimony
2. Alter or destroy evidence
3. Evade a lawful summons (subpoena)
4. Not appear at an official proceeding when they have been served with a subpoena)
5. Testify falsely at an official proceeding
If the pending criminal charge in Jacksonville is a misdemeanor, tampering with a witness is a third degree felony punishable for up to 5 years in prison.
If the criminal charge was a third degree felony, tampering carries a 15 year maximum as a second degree felony.
It will be a first degree felony to tamper with witnesses in a second degree felony case in Jacksonville.