There are laws in place to protect the personal property of others, and if one breaks these laws they could face charges of tampering. Tampering with a person’s property, and intentionally inconveniencing them, or others because of the tampering, could result in criminal charges. Anyone who is being suspected or charged with tampering should consult a criminal lawyer for their defense, and needs to gather all evidence or information that is relevant for the case for their legal representation. Understanding the crime and the consequences that it can bring is important.
The lawyer will first determine if the defense can prove that the accused was intentionally tampering, or if they did something accidentally, or without knowing, that ended up problematic for the victim. Disconnecting someone’s phone line whey they have a small business so they aren’t able to get calls for jobs for the day would be blatant tampering in the third degree. Someone who accidentally caused a problem because they weren’t trained properly, thought they were doing what was expected, or just didn’t know what they were doing was wrong, could have a strong defense. The lawyer will look at the case and determine if the charges could be thrown out.
There are different consequences when you are charged with tampering in the third degree. The charge would put a class D misdemeanor on the accused’s personal record. This could lead to 90 days in jail with a guilty verdict, or one could face a full year of probation. Fines and other punishments like community service could also be required. During probation, the person charged with tampering will be expected to meet all probation requirements, and failing to do so could lead to jail time or a longer extended probation sentence. There may also be a fine that has to be paid to the victim to cover the different losses that they experienced because of the tampering, and depending on what type of punishment the victim wants enforced.
Employers may not want to employ someone who intentionally tampered with another person’s property, since it can be a question of character, and any time there is a criminal background check performed, someone who has been charged with criminal tampering in the third degree will have to explain what happened to the person seeing the information. This is why getting a lawyer is so important, and why it’s best to get one before speaking with any police or investigators that are working on the case.
One mistake or a bad decision can have long term effects on one’s personal and professional life if they are charged with this crime, which is why finding an experienced New York City criminal lawyer is important.
If there is too much evidence that proves the accused person is guilty, and no way to possibly fight the charges, coming up with a plea deal with the prosecution may be the best option for the accused. The accuser can agree to pay the dollar amount that was lost by the victim, and to do the probation as needed, along with community service or other things to possibly avoid jail time. If the person has a past criminal record, their age, and the situation will all factor into the judge’s decision to allow a plea deal and what the punishment will be.
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