212-300-5196

Service & Results.

nyc criminal lawyers over 30 years of experienceWe Know How To Win Cases

Spodek Law Group handles tough cases
nationwide, that demand excellence.

Get Free Consultation

Faced 5+ Years in Prison

People Vs Joseph Amico

Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.

Faced 10+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Anna Sorokin

Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.

Faced 3+ Years in Prison

People Vs. Genevieve Sabourin

Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.

Faced Potential Charges

Ghislaine Maxwell Juror

Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.

Spodek
Law in the Media

View All

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.

Destroying or Concealing Evidence Lawyers

In the state of New York, it is a felony offense to either hide, damage, or change any evidence. This crime falls under the part of penal code 215 that deals with tampering with evidence, and it can have strict punishments. The possible penalty is quite severe, but a talented lawyer may be able to help a person charged with tampering with evidence.

The Definition of Tampering With Evidence
New York defines tampering with evidence as the action of destroying, altering, concealing, or falsifying any sort of evidence. This evidence can be an object, a document, or any sort of record. However, it only counts as a crime when it is purposefully done with the intent to prevent or interfere with an investigation into a crime. A person may be charged with tampering with evidence if they committed the act before, during, or after an investigation. Common examples of tampering with evidence include:

  • altering business records to hide illegal actions
  • changing financial documents to avoid taxes
  • swallowing a drug right before being pulled over by a police officer
  • shredding documents right after they are subpoenaed
  • planting false evidence at a crime scene

The Penalties for Tampering With Evidence
Tampering with evidence is a class E felony which is the least severe type of felony in the state. Generally, a person convicted of this crime in a state court may receive just a fine, extended probation, or a prison time ranging from 1 to 5 years. Depending on the individual circumstances, the punishment can be light or very severe. If a person is convicted under federal law, they can face a fine, a prison sentence of up to 20 years, or both a fine and an imprisonment. Penalties tend to be more severe if it causes a conviction in a federal court. If convicted, you will also become a felon, and this excludes you from voting, buying firearms, getting welfare, and certain employment opportunities.

Possible Defenses Against a Tampering With Evidence Charge
A prosecutor will have to prove that the destroyed, altered, or concealed item was essential evidence to another criminal case. They also have to show that the person knew the item could be evidence and chose to destroy the item to intentionally hide the evidence. All of these conditions make it somewhat easier for our firm to help someone charged with this crime. Common defenses that we use against a tampering with evidence charge focus on showing a lack of knowledge or a lack of intent.

A lack of knowledge defense works if the defendant can show that they did not know the item that they tampered with was or potentially could be evidence in a criminal case. For example, a secretary shredding documents might be able to avoid a conviction if the secretary’s lawyer showed evidence that he was unaware that the documents were evidence. A lack of intent defense would show that the defendant did not intend to alter a police investigation. For example, a person who ingested drugs for the purpose of getting high instead of hiding them from a police officer could use a lack of intent defense.

If you or someone you know is involved with a case about tampering with evidence, we can provide a lot of help. We may be able to prove your innocent or help you to avoid harsh penalties. Contact us today for a risk-free consultation and learn more about how Raiser & Kenniff can help you to get the best possible outcome for your case.

Free Consultation

Testimonials

I was searching for a law firm with some power to help me deal with a warrant in New York . After 6 days I decided to go with Spodek Law Group. It helped that This law firm is well respected by not only the top law firms in New York , but the DA , Judge as well. I...

~Fonder Brandon

5 Stars
It was my good fortune to retain Spodek Law Group for representation for my legal needs. From the beginning, communication was prompt and thorough. Todd, Kenneth and Alex were the first people I worked with and they all made me feel comfortable and confident that the team was going to work hard for me. Everything was explained and any concerns...

~A G

5 Stars
After meeting with several law firms, I chose the Spodek Law Group not only for their professionalism and experience, but for the personal attention given to me right from the initial consultation. It is important to recognize how crucial having the right legal team is when faced with potentially life altering events that impact families and the lives of loved...

~George Cherubini

Spodek Law Group

White Glove Service

We Provide Superior Service, Excellent Results, At A Level Superior To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms. Regardless Of Where Your Case Is, Nationwide, We Can Help You.
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.

NYC

85 Broad St 30th Floor, New York, NY 10004

212-300-5196

get directions

Los Angeles

611 S Catalina St Suite 222, Los Angeles, CA 90005

212-300-5196

get directions

QUEENS

35-37 36th St, 2nd Floor Astoria, NY 11106

212-300-5196

get directions

BROOKLYN

195 Montague St., 14th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

212-300-5196

get directions
Call Now!