Tampering with Evidence
If you were charged with tampering with evidence the crime is often coded into the system as “TAMP4000 TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (DESTROY).”
Section 918.13(1) prohibits tampering with or fabricating physical evidence while knowing that a criminal trial or proceeding or an investigation by a duly constituted prosecuting authority, law enforcement agency, grand jury or legislative committee of this state is pending or is about to be instituted.
In subjection (a), the statute prohibits altering, destroying, concealing, or removing any record, document, or thing with the purpose to impair its verity or availability in such proceeding or investigation.”
In subjection (b), the statute prohibits making, presenting, or using any record, document, or thing, knowing it to be false.
Under either subjection, the crime of tampering with evidence is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Attorney for Tampering with Evidence Charges in Tampa, FL
If you were accused of TAMP4000 TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE (DESTROY), then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tampa, FL, at Sammis Law Firm. We also have a second office located in New Port Richey, in Pasco County.
In addition to crimes for tampering with a witness under Section 918.13(1), related offense including:
- Tampering with a Witness under Section 914.22(1); or
- Retaliating Against a Witness under Section 914.23.
The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm also represent clients charged with tampering with the Continuous Alcohol Monitor (CAM) or the Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM), then you can be charged under Section 843.23 with tampering with an electronic monitoring device, which is a third-degree felony.
We also represent clients charged under Section 843.23 with TAMPERING WITH AN ELECTRONIC MONITORING DEVICE, as a third-degree felony, related to any of the following:
- continuous alcohol monitoring “CAM”;
- Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring “SCRAM”; or
- Global Positioning System “GPS” monitor.
In many of these cases, the electronic monitor is required as a condition of pre-trial release. We also help clients petition the court for the removal of the electronic monitor while on pre-trial release.
This article was last updated on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.