As a result, the criminal justice system would deteriorate into a system of bribery and threats to get witnesses to testify as one side could pressure them.
Both the defense and the prosecution would lose confidence in their ability to take a case to trial and obtain a just verdict.
This unlawful conduct is designed to get a witness or victim to testify falsely, withhold testimony, or avoid a summons or subpoena. Revenge against another person for testifying in court would be the motive in this crime.
Witness or Victim Intimidation deals with threats or acts of harm directed to a witness or victim or their family. Retaliation Against a Witness or Victim involves the use of a threat, act of harassment, or act of harm or injury against a person or the property of a person, who has testified.
Without these important laws governing criminal cases in Adams and Douglas County, defendants would not receive a fair trial, and the government would find it difficult to obtain convictions.
Bribing a Witness or Victim is distinguished by the offer of any benefit (like money or property) to be given in exchange for testifying falsely, to withhold testimony, to avoid legal process (summons or subpoena), or to absent themselves from court.
The presence or use of a deadly weapon during this crime elevates it to Aggravated Intimidation of a Victim or Witness, C. Tampering with a Witness or Victim prohibits a person from encouraging another to testify falsely, withhold testimony, skip coming to court after being summoned, or avoiding legal process of a summons.