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Tampering with a witness–tampering with a victim.

575.270. 1. A person commits the crime of tampering with a witnessif, with purpose to induce a witness or a prospective witness to disobey asubpoena or other legal process, or to absent himself or avoid subpoena orother legal process, or to withhold evidence, information or documents, orto testify falsely, he:

(1) Threatens or causes harm to any person or property; or

(2) Uses force, threats or deception; or

(3) Offers, confers or agrees to confer any benefit, direct orindirect, upon such witness; or

(4) Conveys any of the foregoing to another in furtherance of aconspiracy.

2. A person commits the crime of “victim tampering” if, with purposeto do so, he prevents or dissuades or attempts to prevent or dissuade anyperson who has been a victim of any crime or a person who is acting onbehalf of any such victim from:

(1) Making any report of such victimization to any peace officer, orstate, local or federal law enforcement officer or prosecuting agency or toany judge;

(2) Causing a complaint, indictment or information to be sought andprosecuted or assisting in the prosecution thereof;

(3) Arresting or causing or seeking the arrest of any person inconnection with such victimization.

3. Tampering with a witness in a prosecution, tampering with awitness with purpose to induce the witness to testify falsely, or victimtampering is a class C felony if the original charge is a felony.Otherwise, tampering with a witness or victim tampering is a class Amisdemeanor. Persons convicted under this section shall not be eligiblefor parole.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60, A.L. 1983 S.B. 24, A.L. 2005 H.B. 353)


Court order against witness or victim tampering, RSMo 491.600; violations, RSMo 491.610

Pretrial release of defendant conditioned on no tampering, forms for bail or bond to set out also forfeiture of bond, RSMo 491.620