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S.B. 73





Sponsor: D. Chris Buttars

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the Criminal Code to include tampering with evidence with the intent
             9      to prevent an official proceeding as a criminal offense.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    amends the current law regarding tampering with evidence to include as an offense
             13      the act of tampering with evidence with the intent to prevent an official proceeding,
             14      which is in addition to the current law that prohibits tampering with evidence after a
             15      proceeding or investigation has begun.
             16      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             17          None
             18      Other Special Clauses:
             19          None
             20      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             21      AMENDS:
             22          76-8-510.5, as enacted by Chapter 179, Laws of Utah 2003
             24      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             25          Section 1. Section 76-8-510.5 is amended to read:
             26           76-8-510.5. Tampering with evidence -- Elements -- Penalties.
             27          (1) A person is guilty of tampering with evidence if, believing that an official

             28      proceeding or investigation is pending or about to be instituted, or with the intent to prevent an
             29      official proceeding or investigation, the [actor] person knowingly or intentionally:
             30          (a) alters, destroys, conceals, or removes any thing or item with the purpose of
             31      impairing the veracity or availability of the thing or item in the proceeding or investigation; or
             32          (b) makes, presents, or uses any thing or item which he knows to be false with the
             33      purpose of deceiving a public servant who is or may be engaged in the proceeding or
             34      investigation.
             35          (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to any offense that amounts to a violation of Section
             36      76-8-306 .
             37          (3) (a) Tampering with evidence is a third degree felony if the offense is committed in
             38      an official proceeding.
             39          (b) Any violation of this section except under Subsection (3)(a) is a class A
             40      misdemeanor.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 1-17-05 4:28 PM

Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel

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