My Husband was Arrested for Intimidating a Witness, Can He Go to Jail for Tampering with a Witness?

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Question:

My husband was arrested for intimidating a witness to a crime that our son is being charged with.   How much trouble is he really in?  Could he go to jail?

Answer:

Each state is different in how it handles punishment for intimidating a witness; however, it is illegal in almost every state.  For example, in Texas tampering with a witness is a state jail felony.  A state jail felony is punishable by between 180 days to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.  However, it can be increased to a third degree felony if a deadly weapon was used or the assailant is already a felon.  A third degree felony carries a jail sentence of between two to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.  In summary, yes, your husband could be in real trouble.  You should contact an attorney to discuss the laws in your state and to determine what defenses your husband may have available to him.

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