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Intimidating A Witness Changes

Concerning changes to strengthen the crime of intimidating a witness.
2022 Regular Session
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The act expands the ways that intimidating a witness may be committed by stating that the threat or act that constitutes intimidation can be directed at a person the perpetrator believes may have information relevant to a criminal investigation or a person the perpetrator believes may be able to exert influence upon a witness or victim.

The act also adds that the crime of intimidating a witness can be committed by intentionally attempting to influence, or actually influencing, a witness, victim, or any other person with knowledge of relevant information to withhold information from, or provide false information to, law enforcement, a defense attorney, or defense investigator.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details