What are the consequences of filing a false police report? 55 Answers as of June 26, 2013

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Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law | Glenn M. Sowa
Filing a false police report is a separate offense that may be charged as a felony. Whether the police or state's attorney initiate charges is discretionary on their part.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 8/24/2011
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
It depends. If the report you falsely filed is a misdemeanor, then you will be charged with a misdemeanor. If the false report was a felony, then you will be charged with a felony. Consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer for pleading to anything or accepting any deals.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 8/24/2011
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
If provable, you could be charged with making a false report and/or falsely reporting a crime. Both are misdemeanors.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 8/22/2011
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
A false report is a misdemeanor - Class B so you can be facing up to six months in jail, a fine up to $2000.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/22/2011
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
Technically, you could be prosecuted for it. However, in reality, the chances of that happening are very slim. Please know that if someone is being prosecuted based on a false report that you made, the important thing is to let the DA know that you want to withdraw your story. The longer you let the lie go on, the more likely that you could be penalized for it. If you make a situation right, the DA will be grateful that you kept them from wrongfully prosecuting.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/22/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    The prosecutor could, if he/she is inclined to do so, file charges against the person filing the false police report. In addition thereto, the person could be obligated to repay what ever expenses were incurred as a result of the person filing the false report. Another consequence is that in the event that the person who filed the false police report, files a report in the future (and this one has merit), the police may not believe it or be slower to respond. Bottom line: the police are there to protect you, not to be used as a sword to try and get the upper hand on someone you are mad at.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    You can be charged with a misdemeanor. However this rarely is the case merely when a victim retracts a prior statement. The best way to proceed is through an attorney who can advise you with the police report in hand what the best approach might be. It is also helpful to coordinate your position with the defendant's attorney who can work with yours to try to arrive at the right result.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    They can file a misdemeanor if you intentionally misstated material facts.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    Filing a false report is a criminal offense, a misdemeanor I think, punishable by up to a year in prison, a $1,000.00 fine and a surcharge.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    You can be arrested and prosecuted for making a false police report and could receive substantial jail time. Additionally, you my have exposed yourself to a lawsuit for false arrest, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, defamation of character and possibly intentional infliction of emotional distress.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC
    Klisz Law Office, PLLC | Timothy J. Klisz
    Being charged with that crime.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    You could be charged with filing a false police report.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Frances R. Johnson
    Frances R. Johnson | Frances R. Johnson
    A misdemeanor charge could be filed. The potential consequences, if convicted, range from probation to up to six months in jail, court costs, fines, and restitution. What realistically may happen depends upon the court the charge is in and the defendant's history.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/22/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    The consequences can be twelve months in jail, and a loss of credibility when you go to court the next time when someone really beats you.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You will be charged with a misdemeanor and face a year in jail or 3 years probation if you do not have a criminal record and the person you lied about did not suffer jail time from your actions. Women often call the police, sign a supporting deposition, and then try to "drop the charges" , fail to appear, or claim they lied to the police so that their abusers will not be prosecuted. Others lie to thee police in order to punish the men they are involved with. It is a very serious crime to falsely accuse a person since it could result in an innocent person going to jail and having a criminal conviction for life.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You could be charged with filing a false police report, which is a class A misdemeanor in Illinois. Additionally, you might be charged with perjury for falsely attesting that an innocent person was the perpetrator of a serious offense, which is a felony for which you could be sent to prison. In either case, it is best you retain counsel to go with you when "coming clean" to the police.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Potential arrest on criminal charges.You'll learn the actual charge[s] filed against you when you appear for arraignment at your first court hearing. If you are contacted in any way by authorities, no amount of free 'tips and hints' from here or anywhere else are going to effectively help you in your defense, other than the advice to exercise the 5th Amendment right to SHUT UP and do NOT talk to police or ANYONE about the case except an attorney. Most police and prosecutors will happily tell you that 95% of people convict themselves by trying to be 'helpful and cooperative', either during initial contact, questioning, interview or interrogation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    One could be prosecuted and do some time in county jail. One might also be sued civilly.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    Filing a false police report is a class A misdemeanor for which the person can get up to 1 year in jail & up to a $4,000 fine. That said, do not agree to tell police / prosecutors that an assault involving family violence did not occur if it did. This isn't about what would happen to you - it already has happened to you. You didn't cause the charge to be filed - the other person's actions did. Now it is time to pay the piper.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Offices of James A Bates
    Law Offices of James A Bates | James A Bates
    Potentially up to a year in jail, but if you have no record they usually go light. Some community service perhaps. Informal probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Arrest and prosecution.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    Perjury charges.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The person who does it can be charged and convicted of filing a false report and may also be charged with obstruction.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You could be charged with exactly that - misdemeanor filing of a false report, punishiable by up to 1 year in county jail. What you should do now is hire a lawyer before you incriminate yourself more by talking.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    LynchLaw
    LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
    What you describe is a violation of Penal Code section 148.5, false crime report. A conviction for a violation of PC 148.5 calls for a maximum sentence of 6 months in County Jail.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
    Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
    It is a misdemeanor to file a false police report for any offense. The punishment can include jail time and a fine and probation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Offices of Sean Logue
    Law Offices of Sean Logue | Sean Logue
    You could be brought up on charges.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
    Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
    I would need further information to answer better . It would depend on the detailsof the report etc.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers
    Expert Bronx Criminal Lawyers | Alexander Sanchez
    Filing a false report is a criminal offense, and can subject you to punishment. I suggest you contact a criminal lawyer to assist you with this matter, so as to limit your criminal liability.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    A person making a false police report may be charged with a criminal offense under Minnesota Statutes 609.505. It is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    Filing a false police report can result in a criminal charge.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Watkins Law Office
    Watkins Law Office | Bob Watkins
    False report to law enforcement can be charged as a class a misdemeanor. The maximum punishment 12 months in jail and a $2000 fine. Some police take a rather zealous approach to prosecuting false report in domestic cases on the theory that such false reports bring into question the veracity of authentic claims.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    Misdemeanor.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Anderson Walsh PLLC
    Anderson Walsh PLLC | STACI LYNN ANDERSON
    Any person knowingly making a false police report can be charged with a misdemeanor crime and, if convicted, be sentenced to up to one year in jail and fined up to $1000.00.
    Answer Applies to: Idaho
    Replied: 9/20/2012
    Law Office of Andrew Subin
    Law Office of Andrew Subin | Andrew Subin
    "False reporting" is a misdemeanor, that could carry a max punishment of a year in jail.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    You could be charged with the crime of making a false statement to law enforcement.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    The prosecutor's office could charge you with False Reporting, a misdemeanor. If you have no criminal history, you would probably get diversion or some other minor sentence.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Laguzzi Law, P.C.
    Laguzzi Law, P.C. | Carina Laguzzi
    You could be prosecuted for various crimes; I.e. filing a false report, obstruction of justice. It depends on the severity of what you said and whether the prosecuting authority decides to go through the trouble of arresting and charging you. You may want to find some criminal defense attorneys in the event you are arrested.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    Prosecutors typically threaten this charge when a spouse tries to recant their original position to get the charges dropped against their other half. There are better ways to deal with this than to change stories. Speak with an attorney. You certainly can be prosecuted for filing a false police report. It is not necessarily an idle threat.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Potter Law Offices
    Potter Law Offices | Cal J. Potter, III, Esq.
    An individual can be charged with a misdemeanor offense of filing a false police report.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You could be charged with filing a false police report which is usually a misdemeanor.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Rothstein Law PLLC
    Rothstein Law PLLC | Eric Rothstein
    You can be arrested for filing a false report. I think its an A misdemeanor so the max is 1 year jail and/or $1,000 fine.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    Arrest Incarceration, Fines.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    You could be charged with obstruction of justice which is a class C felony and carries 1 year and a day to 10 year sentence. You could also be charged with making a false complaint which is a misdemeanor and carries up to one year in the City or County Jail.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Harris Law Firm
    Harris Law Firm | Jennifer C. Robins
    The maximum criminal penalty for initiating a false report is 30-days jail and a $1,250.00 fine. That is the maximum and most people end up on probation with some other sanction than jail time. The other consequences that should be considered are those that will happen to the person falsely accused. When someone is falsely accused of domestic violence, they can be excluded from their own home and from seeing their family members, including children. Domestic violence allegations are very serious and should not be made out of simple anger or to get back at someone.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You could be charged with a crime such as false reporting or obstructing a police officer. You could also be subject to civil liability.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/21/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    You could be charged with a crime.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/21/2011
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