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5 unintentional actions that can lead to tampering charges

On Behalf of | Sep 13, 2023 | Criminal Law

Facing criminal charges is a daunting experience in itself, which makes avoiding extra charges important.

In some instances, even unintentional actions can inadvertently lead to tampering with evidence. Regardless of intent, that can result in severe legal consequences.

1. Deleting digital files

In today’s digital age, it is easy to unintentionally delete or alter electronic records that could be relevant to a case. Deleting text messages, emails, or files without realizing their significance can lead to accusations of evidence tampering.

2. Discussing the case on social media

Posting about a criminal case on social media platforms might seem harmless, but it may lead to tampering with evidence. Sharing information, opinions, or even inadvertently disclosing sensitive details can hinder the investigation and affect the outcome of the case.

3. Failing to report evidence

If you stumble upon evidence related to a crime and fail to report it to the authorities, they may perceive it as an unintentional attempt to conceal evidence. It is important to promptly inform law enforcement of any potential evidence you come across.

4. Handling physical evidence without proper training

Touching or moving physical evidence without proper training can inadvertently damage or contaminate it. Even the most innocent intentions can result in becoming inadmissible in court due to contamination.

5. Miscommunicating with witnesses

Unintentional leading questions or suggestive remarks when speaking with witnesses can potentially taint their testimony. Try to communicate objectively to ensure accurate statements from witnesses.

In 2021, 543,138 arrests happened in Florida. While each is unique, exercising caution and thinking twice before taking any action helps minimize the risk of worsening a case.


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