Tampering with Evidence
Tampering with evidence is a serious crime that is defined as altering, concealing, or destroying any evidence that the offender knows is being used in an investigation or is about to be used in an upcoming investigation or proceeding. It is also illegal to fabricate evidence to be used in a proceeding or investigation. If you have been charged with tampering with evidence, consider contacting a criminal defense attorney immediately.
Sometimes people may try to modify evidence to protect themselves or a loved one from being convicted of a serious crime. Even if you are only slightly altering a piece of evidence, you can be arrested for tampering. It is best to avoid contact with all evidence that is being used in an investigation. Even if you modify a piece of evidence for reasons unrelated to the crime, such as fixing damages on a car, you may be charged with tampering with evidence.
In the state of Florida, tampering with evidence is a third degree felony. If you are convicted, you could be penalized with prison time, heavy fines, community service, license suspension, and more. It is best to not risk even questionable behavior that could be misconstrued as tampering. While you may think that you are helping out a relative or friend, you will only make matters worse if you are caught. The prosecution could try to use your tampering offense as a suggestion that the offender is guilty.
For help with preparing a defense for your tampering with evidence charges, please contact the experienced West Palm Beach criminal lawyers of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A. today at 561-353-2800.