According to California Penal Code 136.1, Dissuading a Victim or Witness means that the defendant knowingly and maliciously prevented or dissuaded someone, whether a witness or a victim, from attending or giving testimony at any trial or inquiry authorized by law.
There are several common legal defenses for fighting this charge, and they include the defendant having neither knowledge of the crime nor malicious intent, having no witness or victim, and/or being falsely accused.
Charges for this offense may be filed as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. If filed as a misdemeanor, you may face custody in county jail for up to one year. If filed as a felony, you may face punishment by imprisonment in the state prison for up to four years.
The law office of H. Charles Gorian has experience in fighting these charges. We know the California laws that affect your situation and we are prepared to stand in your corner and battle for your legal rights. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
One phone call could be the difference between harsh criminal penalties and freedom. Call our lawyer today for a free, no-risk, no-obligation case evaluation.