Tampering, sometimes called sabotage, is a serious criminal offense that may come with considerable penalties if a person is convicted. The state of Oregon prosecutes three separate types of tampering crimes, depending on the circumstances of the incident. In this state, a person can be charged with tampering with a witness, tampering with physical evidence, or tampering with public records. A conviction for any of these crimes may include a jail sentence and heavy fines that can drastically affect a person’s personal and professional ambitions.
The Severity of Tampering Allegations
Tampering crimes can involve the illegal manipulation or destruction of items, including records and evidence, or the unlawful interference with a person providing testimony at a legal proceeding. If a person is arrested as a part of these criminal activities, he or she could face the following charges:
- Tampering with physical evidence, a Class A misdemeanor charge
- Tampering with public records, a Class A misdemeanor charge
- Tampering with the records of the Oregon State Lottery, a Class C felony charge
- Tampering with a witness, a Class C felony charge
The felony-grade crimes may result in up to five years in jail and up to $125,000 in fines if a person is convicted. The misdemeanor-grade charges, on the other hand, can come with a maximum of one year in jail and up to $6,250 in fines if convicted.
If you’ve been charged with any sort of tampering crime, you should think carefully about your next steps as a defendant. With a strong defense case, you may be able to argue for your freedom or push for a favorable plea bargain. To learn more about how we may be able to help you achieve your defense goals, contact an attorney from Castleberry & Elison, P.C., by calling (503) 223-0011.