is it illegal or criminal to discuss a criminal case with the accuser?

My son is being accused of a serious crime. I called the accusers mother to see what she thought about the charges her teenage daughter is saying

happened. She said her daughter lies a lot and doesn’t believe her. The

parents all have criminal records so family is surrounded by drama. Anyway,

the police said I had no right calling her and said I was witness tampering

and tried to tell her to drop charges. I did no such thing. Just curious what

you think. I am not involved in the court case and feel I can talk to anyone.

Asked on February 23, 2016 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In theory, you could discuss the case with accuser. But as you saw, if there is any allegation or suspicion that you are harassing the accuser and trying to get her to modify or change her testimony, or get her to withdraw charges or not cooperate with the authorities, that would be illegal. Therefore, it is better to not do this, especially after being warned by the authorities.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

In theory, you could discuss the case with accuser. But as you saw, if there is any allegation or suspicion that you are harassing the accuser and trying to get her to modify or change her testimony, or get her to withdraw charges or not cooperate with the authorities, that would be illegal. Therefore, it is better to not do this, especially after being warned by the authorities.


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