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Tampering with records is a criminal fraud offense that may involving falsifying, destroying, removing, concealing, altering, defacing, or mutilating a record, or attempting to use a record that you know has been falsified. It applies to computer data and software as well.
Tampering with records is a commonly committed crime in Ohio and around the country, and continues to increase in prevalence as more and more information is digitized. A conviction for these charges can have potentially serious consequences. If you are facing a charge, you should contact an experienced Ohio criminal defense attorney.
Tampering with records is prosecuted under Ohio statute 2913.42, which prohibits falsifying, destroying, removing, concealing, altering, defacing, or mutilating a record, or attempting to use a record that you know has been falsified. It applies to computer data and software as well.
If you are convicted of this offense you could face serious consequences. The severity of a conviction will depend on the circumstances of your charge. If you are found guilty of tampering with records and your offense does not involve data or computer software, you will be convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
If the record was an unrevoked will, you will be convicted of a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to 12 months in prison. If your offense did involve data or computer software, you could be found guilty of a fifth, fourth, or third-degree felony depending on the value of the data or computer software in question. These felonies are punishable by between 6 months and 5 years in prison.
If you are convicted of tampering with records, other possible consequences include:
Crimes involving dishonesty are very serious. A conviction for tampering with records could ruin your personal and professional reputation for years to come. It’s important to treat your tampering with records charge with the gravity it merits because your livelihood and your freedom could depend on it.
The Columbus theft attorneys with LHA takes your charges very seriously and our experienced staff is ready to help you fight them. We will thoroughly investigate your case in order to find any and all defenses that may be raised on your behalf.
We will aggressively advocate for your interests, and make sure your rights as a defendant are upheld through every step of the criminal justice process, from your initial arrest or interrogation all the through the conclusion of your case.
Depending on the State’s case against you and any mitigating circumstances affecting your arrest and charge, we will work to have your charges dismissed or to negotiate the most favorable plea deal possible.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily at this stage, we will move on to trial where we will guide you through the process and construct your case for the jury or judge.
If you have certain mitigating factors, like a substance abuse problem that motivated you to tamper with records or an otherwise clean criminal history, we will work with prosecutors to secure your entry into a diversion program in lieu of a conviction.
The Columbus fraud attorneys have almost a decade of experience successfully defending tampering with records and other theft charges, ranging from the most minor to the most serious. Our dedicated staff is ready to start fighting on your behalf today so that your charges have the best possible outcome in the future. Call now to schedule your free consultation at and don’t risk the lifelong consequences of a tampering with records conviction.