PA 17-24—sSB 980

Judiciary Committee


SUMMARY: This act increases, from a class C felony to a class B felony, the penalty for intimidating a witness (see Table on Penalties).

By law, a person intimidates a witness when he or she uses, or threatens or attempts to use, physical force against the witness or another person intending to (1) influence, delay, or prevent the witness's testimony or (2) cause the witness to testify falsely, withhold testimony, elude a summons to testify, or fail to appear. The person must believe that an official proceeding is pending or about to start. The law defines “official proceeding” as one held or that may be held before any legislative, judicial, administrative, or other agency or official authorized to take evidence under oath.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017