If you or a family member have been charged with intimidation of a witness in Idaho, you will likely need the help and guidance of a trained legal professional. In Idaho, intimidation of a witness can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Intimidation of a witness involved in a civil matter can be charged as a misdemeanor. In all criminal cases, intimidation of a witness will result in felony charges. Do not make the mistake of going it alone if you have been charged with intimidating a witness, Contact an Attorney at Martens Law Office, P.C. at (208) 344-0994 in Boise, Idaho today.
In Idaho anyone who directly or indirectly uses force against anyone else or threatens to use force against someone else or their property, or by any manner willfully intimidates, influences, impedes, deters, threatens, harasses, obstructs or prevents a witness or potential witness, including a child witness, or any person who may be called as a witness or any person he believes may be called as a witness in any proceeding from testifying freely and truthfully is guilty of intimidation of a witness.
In Idaho, anyone who intimidates a witness when the intimidation pertains to a civil matter or case could be charged with a misdemeanor. The intimidation could occur either before the civil case has gone to trial or settled out short of trial or after the civil case has gone to trial or settled out short of trial. A civil case would include such things as a real estate dispute, landlord tenant dispute, small claims action, personal injury matter or a medical malpractice suit, just to name a few.
In Idaho, anyone who intimidates a witness when the intimidation pertains to a criminal matter or case would be charged with a felony if the charge is pursued by the prosecuting agency. As is the case in a civil matter, the intimidation may occur either before the case is settled or has going to trial or after the case has settled or gong to trial. The fact that the person who was allegedly intimidated is not actually prevented from testifying at trial or that the case settled short of trial and there was no actual trial is not a defense to a charge of intimidation of a witness in the State of Idaho. This holds true in both felony criminal matters and misdemeanor civil matters.
We do not see our clients charged with intimidation of a witness very often. For one reason or another the prosecutors in Idaho do not charge Defendants or other third parties with intimidation of a witness on very many occassions. This may be because they simply do not want to deal with the issue or they do not feel that their evidence is strong enough to pursue the intimidation of a witness charge. What we do know is that when a prosecuting agency does charge and pursue an intimidation of a witness case, the prosecutor's office is extremely annoyed with the Defendant or third party. In criminal matters we see this charge arise when the Defendant thinks that he or she can somehow "control" how the case is going. Generally, when we see this charge occur we know that things are going from bad to worse in a Defendant's case.
If you do not yet have an attorney and have been charged with intimidation of a witness in Idaho it would be in your best interest to retain a criminal defense attorney. At Martens Law Office, P.C. in Boise Idaho we have dealt with cases involving intimidation of a witness and can help you with both the intimidation of a witness matter along with any underlying charge that may be pending in the Idaho Court system. Contact Martens Law Office, P.C. at (208) 344-0994 today for a free initial consultation.