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Lying to the authorities

On Behalf of | Jun 11, 2014 | Criminal Law

No matter how much it may ruin you, you must always tell the truth to the authorities. Case in point…

The girlfriend of a suspect, wanted in connection to a hit and run crash that led to a death, is now charged with perjury and tampering with evidence. Investigators claim the woman was in the passenger seat when her boyfriend allegedly ran a red light and crashed into another car last week in Orange County, FL.

Two women were killed in the crash, as their car was completely totaled. After the crash took place, investigators say the suspect checked out the scene he caused and then took off, leaving his injured girlfriend behind. While at the hospital, the girlfriend lied to investigators about who was driving the car. She gave them the information of her ex-boyfriend living in Tampa, not her current boyfriend who was responsible for this devastating accident. Her boyfriend remains on the run and the police are pretty ticked off by the woman. She led them on a wild goose chase that led to time being wasted.

Investigators received help from Crimeline, which assisted in identifying the real driver who caused the deadly crash. His license was revoked at the time of the crash and he has a very serious criminal history that includes kidnapping. As for his girlfriend, she was booked into the Orange County Jail on 10,500 bond. What are she and her defense attorney looking at from here?

Tampering with evidence is the crime of altering, destroying, or concealing and this woman kind of fits the bill. She knowingly did this all to save her boyfriend. Lack of knowledge or intent, which are common defenses for her charge, aren’t going to fly here. Her best bet right now is hoping her attorney can help her avoid lengthy jail time and hefty fines.