Criminal Tampering Law and Legal Definition

Criminal tampering is generally defined as when a person, having no right to do so nor any reasonable ground to believe that he has such right, tampers with property of another person with intent to cause substantial inconvenience to such person or to a third person. For example, such tampering may involve connection with property of a gas, electric, sewer, steam or water-works corporation, telephone or telegraph corporation, common carrier, or public utility operated by a municipality or district. Precise definitions vary by state law.