Tampering in the second degree is generally charged as a class A misdemeanor although certain circumstances may result in class E or class D felony charges.  A criminal offense that falls under property damage, the majority of crimes involve property such as automobiles, boats, motorcycles, airplanes, or public utilities.  If you have been accused of this offense or are under investigation, it is to your advantage to consult with a skilled and experienced Kansas City criminal defense lawyer.  At The O'Connor Law Firm we provide exceptional legal guidance to all clients, regardless of how minor or serious a crime may seem.

Preserve your rights with a Kansas City Tampering in the 2nd degree defense attorney

If you are subject to an arrest for a crime, there are several points you should know. You should always request that your criminal defense attorney be present before you speak to the police, and that is your right. Never state aloud or sign any kind of confession, as this information can and will be used by the prosecution against you. No matter what, always contact a Kansas City 2nd degree tampering defense lawyer as soon as you are arrested. You need to know your rights and have an attorney present or providing advice during the initial stages of the event as well as during questioning or interrogation. In most cases, the police miss or ignore evidence as well as facts that can be used to your advantage. Many times, they gather only the information they need to file charges against you. Remember, the police and prosecution are not on your side. Even if you feel your case is not defendable, an evaluation is critical because often times police, investigators and witnesses make mistakes that can be used to your advantage.
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What is Tampering in the Second Degree in Missouri?

While a less serious offense than first-degree, tampering in the second degree occurs when a person unlawfully rides in another individuals' vehicle, tampers with a public utility meter in an effort to prevent proper measure, and similar conduct.  You do not tamper with a public utility in a way that causes substantial interruption of service, or knowingly or intentionally damage or deface another individual's vehicle which would be the case with tampering in the first degree.. 

Under Section 569.090 of the Missouri Revised Statutes you could face second-degree tampering charges if:

  • ŸYou cause someone substantial inconvenience by tampering with his or her property;
  • You ride unlawfully in someones boat, car, motorcycle, or airplane;
  • You make a connection or tamper with a public utility, or;
  • You tamper with a meter belonging to a water, gas, electric, or steam utility or cause any utility meter to be tampered with.

There are circumstances which may result in tampering in the second degree being charged as a class E or class D felony, described at Moga.mo.gov

Penalties for Second-degree (2nd degree) Tampering

Those found guilty of tampering in the second degree face penalties that include a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a maximum of one year in jail.  However, a criminal record will affect employment opportunities and other aspects of the defendant's life. 

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While tampering in the 2nd degree certainly isn't the most serious criminal offense, a conviction can ruin your reputation and career.  Every day innocent people are wrongly accused of committing crimes.  If you are arrested for this offense, is a plea deal possible?  Could the charge be dismissed?  How will you attorney fight the criminal charges in court?  We urge you to consult with an aggressive Kansas City criminal defense attorney in order to protect your legal guidance and reach the best possible result in your case.  Contact The O'Connor Law Firm now for a free consultation at 1-816-842-1111. 


Kansas City tampering in the 2nd degree defense attorney, Matt O'Connor

Matt O’Connor was previously a professor of the law of evidence, and he knows what it takes to successfully defend anyone who has been charged with crimes in Kansas City, Missouri. When you hire his team, you will get unparalleled personal attention and care that you won’t receive from any other law firm.  Matt O'Connor has over 20 years experience in the court room, and has often times been called upon as a legal contributor for programs like the national Fox News channel and many other local Kansas City stations.