Dissuading a Witness or Victim (PC 136.1) in Anaheim

In the city of Anaheim, according to California Penal Code 136.1, preventing (or attempting to prevent) a victim or witness from reporting or testifying to a crime is a criminal act.

Some common examples of the crime of ‘Dissuading a Witness or Victim’ include:

  • A husband ‘warning’ a wife that ‘something bad will happen’ if she testifies against him in a divorce court proceeding
  • A man offers a woman some money or incentive not to report an unwanted sexual encounter as a rape to the police
Defense for ‘Dissuading a Witness or Victim’

If you are charged with the crime of ‘Dissuading a Witness or Victim,’ you are likely to face very serious charges. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the prosecution can choose to charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor charge.

If you feel that you have been wrongfully accused of the crime, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney by your side to defend your case. Some of the defense strategies that the attorney will explore on your behalf include:

  1. The accusations are false and the arrest is wrongful. Such instances are quite common in domestic violence cases
  2. If you were not malicious in your intent to interfere with the victim (or witness) reporting a crime or if you did not know that the person was a victim or witness in the first place, then you are simply not guilty of the crime
  3. Sometimes, the prosecution may not have evidence that they can corroborate the charges with and the defense strategy may be to prove that there is not sufficient evidence to prove the case

Our defense lawyers are experienced in helping defendants in all types of cases, witness tampering cases notwithstanding. Call our office today to speak with an attorney about your case.

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