Interfering with judicial proceedings encompasses a variety of related offenses. Some of these offenses include the tampering with a witness as well as tampering with physical evidence. Physical evidence can include any object, document, record or other thing of physical substance.
What is Tampering with a Witness in Arizona A.R.S. 13-2802?
Tampering with a witness in Arizona is when a person knowingly induces a witness in any official proceeding or a person he believes may be called as a witness to:
- unlawfully withhold any testimony,
- testify falsely or
- absent himself from any official proceeding to which he has been legally summoned.
The tampering with a witness is a class 6 felony.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can advise a person who has been charged with this offense and protect the person's rights.
What is Tampering with Physical Evidence in Arizona A.R.S. 13-2804?
Tampering with physical evidence in Arizona is:
- the destruction, mutilation, altering, concealing or removing physical evidence with the intent to impair its availability,
- knowingly makes, produces or offers any false physical evidence,
- prevents the production of physical evidence by an act of force, intimidation or deception against any person.
Inadmissibility of the evidence in question is not a defense, and the tampering with physical evidence is a class 6 felony.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer will assist in protecting the constitutional rights of the person charged.
What is Interfering with Judicial Proceedings in Arizona A.R.S. 13-2810?
A person commits interfering with judicial proceedings in Arizona if such person knowingly:
- engages in disorderly, disrespectful or insolent behavior during the session of a court which directly tends to interrupt its proceedings or impairs the respect due to its authority;
- disobeys or resists the lawful order, process or other mandate of a court; refuses to be sworn or affirmed as a witness in any court proceeding; publishes a false or grossly inaccurate report of a court proceeding;
- refuses to serve as a juror unless exempted by law; or fails inexcusably to attend a trial at which he has been chosen to serve as a juror.
An experienced Arizona criminal defense attorney has the knowledge and skill to help a person accused of interfering with judicial proceedings to manuever through the criminal justice system.