Intimidating witness massachusetts

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In Massachusetts, law enforcement and district attorney’s offices routinely charge those accused of assault and battery, rape, armed robbery, etc., with witness intimidation if the accused allegedly urged the alleged victim not to contact the police.

The police have also been charging those accused of domestic assault and battery with intimidation of a witness if the accused attempted to prevent the spouse from calling the police.

In order to be convicted of the crime of Intimidation of a Witness, Juror or Law Enforcement Official, the prosecutor must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt: The crime of Intimidation is specifically written to encompass a wide variety of acts intended to influence a criminal proceeding.

For example, Massachusetts courts have upheld convictions of Intimidation for pointing a cell phone camera at a witness waiting to testify; and even for threats made after the close of the evidence at trial but before the jury had returned with a verdict.

Additionally, Massachusetts prosecutors are now using this statute to charge persons with Intimidation if they are interviewed and lie or mislead the police in their criminal investigation.