Tampering with evidence is a very serious charge and if convicted, one may be facing long-term consequences. In New Jersey, one must show that the person intended to destroy the evidence. This charge does not apply if the person destroyed evidence accidentally. In order to charge a person with tampering with evidence, the prosecution must show a number of things, including:
- That the person knowingly destroyed evidence in an effort to change an outcome
- That the person knew a crime was committed and an investigation is pending
Some examples that may be considered tampering with evidence can include:
- Hiding or moving evidence
- Changing evidence
- Destroying or getting rid of evidence
Of course, there is always the possibility that the individual charged with tampering evidence was completely unaware that a crime was committed and threw out a piece of critical evidence. This situation may result in an unfair charge against a completely innocent person.
If you have been charged with this crime, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will be able to determine potential defenses for your case and work diligently to try to reduce the severity of penalties you may face if convicted. An attorney will be able to determine if law enforcement used wrongful tactics that may impact your case.
The attorneys at Rem Katcher Law Group have the experience and skill necessary to put together a strong defense on your behalf. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can work to protect your future.