Fabricating or tampering with evidence is a 3rd degree felony with a punishment range of 2-10 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Tampering with evidence charges can be placed if a person is aware that an offense has been committed/is undergoing investigation and
makes, presents, or uses any record, document or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent to affect the outcome of the investigation or official proceeding; or
alters, destroys, or conceals any record, document or thing with intent to impair its availability as evidence in an investigation or proceeding related to the offense.
If you find yourself in an encounter with a police officer, it is best that you cooperate, do not resist, do not get physical, do not try to flee from the officer, and do not tamper with any evidence. Doing so will only give the officer a reason to file additional charges against you.
Common Tampering with Evidence Charges
In Dallas/Fort Worth, tampering with evidence charges are generally filed when someone is stopped by police and swallows or attempts to swallow drugs to prevent the police from catching them in possession of the controlled substance. Another common situation is when someone tries to flush drugs down the toilet when police arrive to search a residence. The reality is that possession of the drug is usually a misdemeanor and attempting to swallow the substance amounts to tampering with evidence and makes it a felony.
Hire Criminal Defense Attorney Justin Sparks
If approached by the police, it is better to do nothing than to commit an act that results in a felony charge. By cooperating, you are also putting yourself in a better position to challenge the authority of the police to search your person or property. You may have a valid defense to drug possession charges but unable to successfully defend against a tampering with evidence charge. However, if you already find yourself faced with allegations of tampering with evidence, you need an experienced attorney who can help you get the charges reduced or dismissed.
With attorney Justin Sparks, you can expect a thorough investigation of your case with regular updates on the process. If you are facing a tampering with evidence charge, you need a professional on your side–call Fort Worth lawyer Justin Sparks at 817-334-0300. Justin has served the citizens of Dallas/Fort Worth for over nine years.
Justin Sparks has been defending clients across Fort Worth and Dallas for over ten years. Our firm helps you through the criminal process, from investigation to appeals, if need be. Free consultations for all new cases.