Define intimidating witness
Attempting to alter or otherwise interfering with the testimony of a witness could be considered a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances.
In response, Governor Ehrlich moved to make it a criminal offense to coerce someone not to report a crime, make it a criminal offense to solicit someone else to threaten or bring about bodily injury on a witness, and add a five thousand dollar fine to the existing maximum penalty of five years in prison for witness intimidation.The earlier you consult with an attorney, the more options you’ll have in defending yourself in a criminal prosecution.We have successfully defended intimidation of a witness charges by invoking spousal privileged, where the husband allegedly threatened his wife into not calling the police.A recent example of blatant witness intimidation involved a woman from Annapolis who planned to kidnap and murder the prosecution's primary witness against her boyfriend.The women, Stacie Roberts, was arrested on May 5th, 2014.The wife later decided not to testify against her husband, which is her right.
Intimidation of a witness can be a felony charge, with possible penalties of up to 10 years in state prison, and fines of up to $5,000.
the act of intimidating a weaker person to make them do something 2.
the feeling of discouragement in the face of someone's superior fame or wealth or status etc. the feeling of being intimidated; being made to feel afraid or timid 4.
Witness intimidation, also known as witness tampering, means trying to change or outright prevent the testimony of witnesses during civil or criminal proceedings.
Interestingly, in the United States you may be charged with witness intimidation simply by attempting to change or prevent a witness' testimony; unlike in other countries, in the United States you need not prove that the witness intimidation caused an obstruction of justice.
The aim behind adding the hearsay exception to existing witness protection statute was to help in cases in which the witness was too intimidated to show up in court in the first place; some witnesses fear for their own lives and family members' lives.