Dissuading a Witness in Aliso Viejo

Dissuading a Witness or Victim PC 136.1 in Aliso Viejo

In the city of Aliso Viejo and in Orange County, you can be charged with dissuading a witness or victim under California Penal Code 136.1. This law declares that you are guilty if you knowingly and maliciously prevent or dissuade a witness or victim to a crime from doing the following:

  • Reporting the crime
  • Cooperating with law enforcement leading to a complaint or charge
  • Providing or delivering information that can lead to an arrest or
  • Testifying or attending a legal proceeding

You can be convicted of the crime whether or not your attempt at dissuading the victim or witness was successful.

Penalties and Sentencing

Depending on the circumstances of the case, you can be charged with a felony or a misdemeanor. The penalties for the charge will be as follows:

  • For a misdemeanor charge, the penalties include up to 1-year imprisonment in a county jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Additionally, you will be restricted from possessing or owning a firearm for ten years
  • For a felony charge, the penalties include between 16-months to 4-years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Additionally, you will be restricted from possessing or owning a firearm for your lifetime
  • It is also possible to aggravate your charges for the felony crime under PC 136.1 if you:
  • Use force or threats to dissuade a victim or witness
  • If you act in furtherance of a conspiracy
  • If you commit the act having been previously convicted of a similar crime in the state of California or a different state
  • If you act upon a request in order to gain financially or for any other benefit
  • If you have more prior ‘strikes’ under California’s Three Strikes Law

Having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to defend your case is important if you expect the best outcome. Contact the Johnson Criminal Law Group right away.

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