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Statute Text

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Article - Criminal Law
§9–302.  
(a)   A person may not harm another, threaten to harm another, or damage or destroy property with the intent to:
(1)   influence a victim or witness to testify falsely or withhold testimony; or
(2)   induce a victim or witness:
(i)   to avoid the service of a subpoena or summons to testify;
(ii)   to be absent from an official proceeding to which the victim or witness has been subpoenaed or summoned; or
(iii)   not to report the existence of facts relating to a crime or delinquent act.
(b)   A person may not solicit another person to harm another, threaten to harm another, or damage or destroy property with the intent to:
(1)   influence a victim or witness to testify falsely or withhold testimony; or
(2)   induce a victim or witness:
(i)   to avoid the service of a subpoena or summons to testify;
(ii)   to be absent from an official proceeding to which the victim or witness has been subpoenaed or summoned; or
(iii)   not to report the existence of facts relating to a crime or delinquent act.
(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 5 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.
(2)   If the testimony, subpoena, official proceeding, or report involving the victim or witness 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.