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These cases should be fought vigorously, and I have successfully argued motions to dismiss cases where police attempts to use the broad language of the witness intimidation statute to snare people who did nothing more than tell the police they were not guilty.
No matter which of the above applies to your case, witness intimidation is a serious charge.
A true witness intimidation case is one where the defendant tells someone who knows something about a criminal offense that something bad is going to happen to them if they testify.Fist, the constitution and rules of evidence limit the kinds of procedures police can use to identify someone, and what can be said in court.Second, when people think about what the police can show, they usually are not thinking in terms of "reasonable doubt." Even if the police are convinced about who was responsible, the Commonwealth still has to prove it, and if there is reasonable doubt, even convincing evidence is not enough.Hoffman is charged with one count of intimidating and one count of attempting to harass Maureen Adams, of Goshen, a probation officer under his supervision who was interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation into alleged fraudulent hiring practices within the state Probation Department.Hoffman is charged with warning Adams, “I’m going to tell everyone you are a rat,” both before and after a meeting that Adams had with a special agent of the FBI in October 2011.