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5 ways to avoid unintentionally tampering with evidence

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2023 | Criminal Defense

When a person faces criminal charges, it is important to navigate the legal system carefully to ensure a fair trial and prevent additional charges such as tampering with evidence.

Tampering with evidence can result in severe consequences, making it necessary to be aware of how to avoid this situation.

1. Refrain from destroying evidence

Destroying evidence is a serious offense. Avoid any actions that could lead to the destruction of relevant items, documents or digital data. This includes deleting text messages emails, or any other electronic records.

2. Do not hide or conceal evidence

Concealing evidence can be as detrimental as destroying it. Resist the temptation to hide anything possibly related to the case, including physical objects, files or any information that could be relevant.

3. Avoid making false statements

Providing false information to law enforcement can lead to tampering charges. Always be truthful when interacting with authorities. If unsure about something, it is better to say so than to fabricate a story.

4. Document everything

Keep a detailed record of all interactions, conversations and events related to your case. This documentation can serve as evidence of your innocence and help clarify any misunderstandings.

5. Maintain privacy

Be cautious about discussing your case or any potential evidence with third parties not directly involved or authorized to know about it. Loose lips can lead to trouble.

While the courts are making progress regarding their criminal clearance rates, achieving 105% for the period between May 2022 and May 2023, legal proceedings still take time. During the process, avoiding activities that could lead to additional charges helps ensure a smoother process.