Witnesses and victims can make or break a case for the prosecution or the defense in Weld, Morgan and Logan County. In order to ensure a fair legal system, laws have been put in place to protect victims and witnesses from bribes, retaliation, and intimidation. Without these laws in place, chaos would ensue as defendants might go to extreme lengths to offer bribes or threats in the fight for their freedom.
- Bribing or Bribery of a Victim or Witness – C.R.S. 18-8-703
- Victim or Witness Intimidation – C.R.S. 18-8-704
- Retaliation Against a Victim or Witness – C.R.S. 18-8-706
- Perjury - C.R.S. 18-8-502
Punishment for Witness and Victim Crimes like Retaliation Against a Victim
Any crime committed against a Victim or Witness is serious in the eyes of the law because it threatens the fair and just legal process for both sides in Greeley, Evans and Erie. Because of this, any victim or witness crime is a felony, punishable with serving time in the Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC).
|Bribing of a Victim or Witness||Class 4 felony|
|Victim or Witness Intimidation||Class 4 felony|
|Aggravated Intimidation of a Victim or Witness||Class 3 felony|
|Retaliation Against a Victim or Witness||Class 3 felony|
In many cases, more than one Victim / Witness crime will be charged from one incident. For example, if the accused tried to bribe a witness in his case with money and when the witness refused, the accused threatened the witness, Attempt to Bribe a Witness and Witness Intimidation would both be charged.