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9A.72.110  <<  9A.72.120 >>   9A.72.130

RCW 9A.72.120

Tampering with a witness.

(1) A person is guilty of tampering with a witness if he or she attempts to induce a witness or person he or she has reason to believe is about to be called as a witness in any official proceeding or a person whom he or she has reason to believe may have information relevant to a criminal investigation or the abuse or neglect of a minor child to:

     (a) Testify falsely or, without right or privilege to do so, to withhold any testimony; or

     (b) Absent himself or herself from such proceedings; or

     (c) Withhold from a law enforcement agency information which he or she has relevant to a criminal investigation or the abuse or neglect of a minor child to the agency.

     (2) Tampering with a witness is a class C felony.

     (3) For purposes of this section, each instance of an attempt to tamper with a witness constitutes a separate offense.

[2011 c 165 § 3; 1994 c 271 § 205; 1982 1st ex.s. c 47 § 19; 1975 1st ex.s. c 260 § 9A.72.120.]

Notes:

     Intent -- 2011 c 165: See note following RCW 9A.72.110.

     Finding -- 1994 c 271: See note following RCW 9A.72.090.

     Purpose -- Severability -- 1994 c 271: See notes following RCW 9A.28.020.

     Severability -- 1982 1st ex.s. c 47: See note following RCW 9.41.190.