Posted By: On Behalf of J. Kevin Stockstill, Attorney At Law // On:
When it comes to tampering with evidence laws, there's no person or situation that is safe from conviction when the tampering is committed with intent
and purpose. In fact, there are separate, detailed statutes pertaining to the tampering of evidence considering whether or not the suspect is a civilian
or law enforcement. Furthermore, evidence is categorized by physical evidence and witnesses that could or will be used for criminal proceedings.
Here's a brief, broad breakdown of the statutes (for more detailed information, click the linked statutes):
With knowledge or good reason to believe that the evidence will be subject of any investigation, it is unlawful for a peace officer to take action in tampering
with evidence by alteration, movement, removal, or addition of any object or substance.
The defendant faces a fine of up to $10,000, imprisonment of no more than 3 years with or without hard labor, or both.