What can I do if someone has filed a false police report against me? 19 Answers as of October 14, 2012

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The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq.
The Law Offices of John J. Carney Esq. | John J. Carney
You should retain a good criminal lawyer to handle the case. Make sure that you tell him the whole truth and do not leave out any details, no matter how insignificant they may seem to you. If the accusations are false you may have an alibi or evidence that what they said was a lie. There might be video evidence that has to be subpoenaed before it is erased. There might be witnesses that must be located by a private investigator.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/14/2012
Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Seth L. Reszko
The police will forward their report to the DA who will decide whether to file a criminal complaint. If a criminal complaint is filed, you must appear in Court on the scheduled date. At that time, the Court will decide whether you can afford to hire your own attorney or whether an attorney must be appointed for you. When you obtain the attorney, you will have an opportunity to discuss your case with your attorney to discuss your defenses and why the police report was false. If the crime involves a felony, you will have an opportunity to have the case dismissed at the Preliminary Hearing. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you will have an opportunity to dismiss the charges at the trial.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 10/13/2012
Anderson Law Office
Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
You must try to find evidence that proves it is incorrect and present that to the prosecution.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 10/13/2012
Attorney at Law | Michael P. Vollandt
If you can prove that then ask the police if they are intending to file their own PC 148.9 report (California).
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/13/2012
Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
Not much of anything, unfortunately, unless the police want to pursue the person for filing a false police report.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 10/13/2012
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    It is a crime to make a false report. Be sure to be able to demonstrate to law enforcement that it is false.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/11/2012
    Toivonen Law Office | John Toivonen
    First you need to determine if the prosecutor has issued a charge. The best time to get an attorney involved is prior to a charge being issued. A good attorney will stand between you and the authorities, and it can result in charges not being brought. If you are charged and the charge is dismissed, you may have a civil suit against the person who made the false report.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 10/11/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Exercise your right to remain silent and hire a lawyer, that's the best thing you can do. The moment you open your mouth to interviews and interrogation it's all down hill from there.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 10/11/2012
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law
    Gary Moore, Attorney at Law | Gary Moore
    If they only filed a false police report, you only recourse is to file your own report. The point is that I think you are saying that you have NOT been charged with a criminal offense.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 10/11/2012
    Leonard J. Levenson Attorney At Law | Leonard J. Levenson
    You can sue him civilly for defamation and other damages. If you have proof that the claim is false, show the proof to the police or the District Attorney. If they believe you they can arrest the individual since knowingly filing a false police report is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 10/11/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    The best thing you can do is hire a criminal defense attorney and fight the charges.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 10/11/2012
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