Criminal Defense absconding witness

On Behalf of | Jul 23, 2017 | Criminal Defense

One crime that appears from time to time in the realm of criminal defense and criminal law is the crime of Absconding witness. The crime of Absconding witness appears in Title 18 under section 5125 of the Pennsylvania crimes code and requires a competent criminal defense.   Child PornographyAbsconding witness deals with the issue of a potential witness in a criminal case either intentionally hiding so that he does not have to appear and testify at a trial or attempting to hide someone else who is also supposed to testify at a criminal trial. Regardless of the specific circumstances of your case, make sure to contact an experienced Chester county criminal lawyer if you are being investigated or have been charged with the crime of absconding witness.

In order to be found guilty of Absconding witness the government must prove the following criminal elements beyond a reasonable doubt. Specifically under the statute, a person commits a misdemeanor of the third degree if, having been subpoenaed or told to attend and testify in any prosecution for a crime before any court, to testify in any prosecution, he purposefully tries to conceal himself or absconds or flees from the state of Pennsylvania or the county jurisdiction with the intent that this will enable him not to have to testify in court. Conspiracy A misdemeanor of the third degree is a fairly serious offense. An individual found guilty of such a crime will face a maximum of 1 year in prison and a $2,500 fine. If you are subpoenaed or required to testify in a court of law and you do not wish to do so, then you should contact an experienced chester county criminal lawyer. You might not have to testify in court if there is a chance that you will be incriminating yourself.

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