Under N.J.S.A. 2C:28-5.1, Witness, Victim Protective Orders, a criminal defendant or other person connected to a criminal case can be restrained by a protective order that prohibits them from violating witness tampering statutes, keeps them away from a witness or victim, and limits their communication with a witness or victim to their attorneys.
Unlike many criminal statutes, 2C:28-5.1 simply allows the court to prosecute both the underlying offense – Witness Tampering, Compounding, or Hindering Apprehension – alongside a charge for Contempt of Court. Contempt of Court is a crime of the fourth degree, with a possible 18-month sentence if convicted. This is the least of your problems, since the other charges outlined can be prosecuted as first degree crimes in the most egregious circumstances.
Further, the statute effectively orders the court to apply sentencing consecutively, meaning that you must serve your first sentence before you can begin serving the time on your second sentence. Don’t get caught in this trap. Matthew Reisig has defended clients in New Jersey for nearly 20 years. Call 732-625-9661 today and talk to an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney for free.