Tampering with Evidence: Physical Evidence (A.R.S. 13-2809) or Witnesses (A.R.S. 13-2804)

Evidence tampering and witness tampering are class 6 felonies.

Tampering with Evidence: Physical Evidence or Witnesses

Individuals can find themselves charged with tampering with evidence in an attempt to “cover up” a crime, whether through deleting computer files or asking witnesses to lie about the facts.

Both tampering with physical evidence and tampering with witnesses are class 6 felonies. First time offenders can face up to two years of incarceration.

Tampering with Physical Evidence

Tampering with physical evidence is detailed in A.R.S. 13-2809, and covers both tampering with the intent to use the evidence in court proceedings, as well as tampering intended to prevent its use in court proceedings. More specifically:

  • Destroying, mutilating, altering, concealing, or removing physical evidence with the intent to impair its verity or availability.
  • Knowingly making, producing, or offering false physical evidence.
  • Preventing the production of physical evidence by an act of force, intimidation, or deception against any person.

Tampering with a Witness

Tampering with a witness is detailed in A.R.S. 13-2804. A violation is committed if a person knowingly communicates, whether directly or indirectly, with a witness of an official proceeding, or someone they believe may be called as a witness, to do any of the following:

  • To ask the witness to withhold any testimony.
  • To ask the witness to testify falsely.
  • To ask the witness to be absent from a legal proceeding to which they have been summoned.
  • To ask the witness to evade a summons or subpoena.

If you believe you or a loved one has been involved in a crime, call Rideout Law Group right away. Attempting to handle or alter the evidence in any way is a serious crime in and of itself. An experienced defense attorney will be able to build the best case possible for you while maintaining legal integrity and protecting your rights.



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