There are many interesting and exciting movies and television shows about crimes and trials. A common conceit in these stories is when either the defendant or prosecutor maintains that someone somehow destroyed a vital piece of evidence or altered it in some way to affect the trial’s outcome. In other words, they claim that someone tampered with evidence.
Tampering with evidence is a crime and every state, as well as under federal law.
Let’s take a look at Texas’ Criminal Evidence Tampering Law and discuss why our state would probably not criminally charge an individual who accidentally destroyed evidence – as well as how to fight back if you believe you fall into this category.
Evidence Tampering in Texas