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Article - Criminal Law




§9–303.

    (a)    A person may not intentionally harm another, threaten to harm another, or damage or destroy property with the intent of retaliating against:

        (1)    a victim or witness for:

            (i)    giving testimony in an official proceeding; or

            (ii)    reporting a crime or delinquent act;

        (2)    a juror for any reason relating to the performance of the juror’s official duties in a pending or completed case in a court of the State or the United States; or

        (3)    an officer of the court of the State or the United States for any reason relating to the performance of the officer’s official duties in a pending or completed case.

    (b)    A person may not solicit another person to intentionally harm another, threaten to harm another, or damage or destroy property with the intent of retaliating against:

        (1)    a victim or witness for:

            (i)    giving testimony in an official proceeding; or

            (ii)    reporting a crime or delinquent act;

        (2)    a juror for any reason relating to the performance of the juror’s official duties in a pending or completed case in a court of the State or the United States; or

        (3)    an officer of the court of the State or the United States for any reason relating to the performance of the officer’s official duties in a pending or completed case.

    (c)    (1)    Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.

        (2)    If the official proceeding or report described in subsection (a) of this section relates to a felonious violation of Title 5 of this article or the commission of a crime of violence as defined in § 14–101 of this article, or a conspiracy or solicitation to commit such a crime, a person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 20 years.

    (d)    A sentence imposed under this section may be separate from and consecutive to or concurrent with a sentence for any crime based on the act establishing the violation of this section.