It is a crime under California Penal Code Section 136.1 PC to try to prevent another person from reporting a crime or testifying about a crime in court.
In fact, it is crime to attempt to prevent someone from reporting a crime or testifying about a crime.
It is a crime to prevent or dissuade (or to attempt to prevent or dissuade) any of the following people from reporting a crime or aiding in the prosecution of a crime.
Intimidating a witness is a crime that can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony.
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If charged as a felony the sentencing triad can be 16 months, 2 years or 3 years in custody.
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