Tampering with Evidence in Florida
Tampering with evidence is committed when individuals with knowledge concerning a criminal investigation, destroy evidence related to that investigation.
Florida Statute §918.13, states that a person may be charged with this crime when a person who is aware that a legal investigation, proceedings, or criminal trial has been instituted or pending, either:
Knowingly uses, presents, or creates false documents, records, or things; or
Removes, conceals, destroys, or alters things, documents, or records for impairing their availability or verity during an investigation, proceeding, or trial.
This offense is a Felony of the Third Degree within the state of Florida. The court may impose any of these following penalties in any combination:
Fine not exceeding $5000
Probation period not exceeding 5 years
Imprisonment period not exceeding 5 years
Applicable Specific Defenses
Unofficial Proceedings or Investigation
An individual is not considered to have committed this offense if the evidence tampering is in relation to unofficial proceedings or investigations, like disciplinary investigations conducted by school authorities.
Removal of evidence from one's own body
Removing evidence and items from one's own person, like throwing away drugs when law enforcement officers are nearby, is not considered to be Tampering with The Evidence.
For an action to be classified under this offense, some act must be done, which was intended to destroy or alter important evidence, instead of removing it from an individual's own body.
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