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S.B. 73 Enrolled





Chief Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

House Sponsor: Peggy Wallace

                  LONG TITLE
                  General Description:
                      This bill amends the Criminal Code to include as a criminal offense tampering with
                  evidence with the intent to prevent an official proceeding.
                  Highlighted Provisions:
                      This bill:
                      .    amends the current law regarding tampering with evidence to include as an offense
                  the act of tampering with evidence with the intent to prevent an official proceeding,
                  which is in addition to the current law that prohibits tampering with evidence after a
                  proceeding or investigation has begun.
                  Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
                  Other Special Clauses:
                  Utah Code Sections Affected:
                      76-8-510.5, as enacted by Chapter 179, Laws of Utah 2003
                  Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
                      Section 1. Section 76-8-510.5 is amended to read:
                       76-8-510.5. Tampering with evidence -- Elements -- Penalties.
                      (1) A person is guilty of tampering with evidence if, believing that an official
                  proceeding or investigation is pending or about to be instituted, or with the intent to prevent an

                  official proceeding or investigation, the [actor] person knowingly or intentionally:
                      (a) alters, destroys, conceals, or removes any thing or item with the purpose of impairing
                  the veracity or availability of the thing or item in the proceeding or investigation; or
                      (b) makes, presents, or uses any thing or item which he knows to be false with the
                  purpose of deceiving a public servant who is or may be engaged in the proceeding or
                      (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any offense that amounts to a violation of Section
                  76-8-306 .
                      (3) (a) Tampering with evidence is a third degree felony if the offense is committed in an
                  official proceeding.
                      (b) Any violation of this section except under Subsection (3)(a) is a class A

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