What happens if I give false information to law enforcement about an assault? 44 Answers as of July 09, 2013

I gave false information to law enforcement to incriminate my spouse of assault on a family member.

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Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
That is a crime for which you can be prosecuted. If charges do get filed you should hire an attorney.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 10/26/2011
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
The person that you gave the false information now has a criminal record of an arrest that will be with him for the rest of his life, and if he pleads guilty to avoid embarassment to family, or otherwise, could be forced to have an adult criminal record of a conviction for the rest of his life, and he could lose certain rights on account of the conviction. If you come forward and admit that you made a false accusation, you will probably be arrested and charged with providing false information to the police and could be convicted of that offense and could serve time in jail. If you provide false information by testifying in Court, you could be convicted of perjury and could go to prison.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/2/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
You will be arrested and charged with making a false police report. You should never lie to the police and falsely accuse another person of a crime. You will face a year in jail and should retain a criminal attorney to handle the case.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 9/2/2011
Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC
Law Office of Rankin Johnson IV, LLC | Rankin Johnson IV
Talk to an attorney right away. It might help to tell them right away, to minimize the damage, but you shouldn't admit to a crime without an attorney advising you. If you can't afford counsel, don't talk to anyone any further, and, if you are called to testify, ask for appointed counsel and tell the court you are worried about self-incrimination.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 9/1/2011
Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
It is a crime you could go to jail.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/9/2013
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    You should NEVER give false information against an innocent person, and you'd better inform the police and/or prosecutor that you did do this, at the time of your spoue's arrest. Probably, you will be charged with making a false police report, which is a serious offense. Have an attorney on retainer before you fess up to your lies.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    It's a criminal offense to give false information. The possible charges depend on the exact facts.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    You can be charged with false reporting, a misdemeanor. But, you could also hire an attorney to let the DA know that you will assert the 5th if called to testify or help you with other options. I have represented witnesses/victims in this situation. In all of my cases, the original charges were dismissed and no charges were made against the w/v.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    If the false information comes to the attention of the police or prosecutor, you could be charged with giving false information and / or falsely reporting a crime, both of which would usually be misdemeanors.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law
    Thomas J. Tomko Attorney At law | Thomas J. Tomko
    The short answer is that you could be charged with a crime. You should not, here on the internet or otherwise, be making admissions. You should be hiring your own attorney to advise you and to come up with a strategy on how to handle this matter.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC
    Law Offices of Jeffery A. Cojocar, PC | Jeffery A. Cojocar
    You can be prosecuted.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 7/9/2013
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    You may be charged with making a false police report if the fraud is discovered without your assistance.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    If you knowingly gave false information to the police, you can be charged with giving false information and interfering with an investigation. These are punishable by up to a year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine. You could also be required to pay back the costs of the investigation.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
    If they figure it out, you may be charged with false information, a misdemeanor.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    You could be prosecuted and potentially sued civilly.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    You should call that cop and tell him or her the truth. Bear in mind that you could be criminally charged for false reporting. You will need to have a good explanation and you should speak with the assigned prosecutor.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
    Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
    You could be charged with filing a false police report and obstruction of justice.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    This is bad, this is very bad. You have committed a crime and in the course thereof, caused another person to be accused of a crime. The problem is that if you recant and admit to filing a false report, you risk being charged with a crime. Which in my humble opinion is better than being responsible for an innocent person going to trial or jail. I only know of two options: The first is to come clean, file an Affidavit of Non-Prosecution in which you tell the Cops and the DA that you lied. The Second, is to talk to the other party's lawyer (assuming he/she has a lawyer) and see if you can recant on the stand when and if the time comes.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    You can be charged with a crime.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    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: 8/31/2011
    Harrison & Harrison
    Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
    Lots of things can happen, and none of them are good for you. False report of a crime and Obstruction of an officer are the first two that come to mind.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    Technically, you can be charged with a misdemeanor for giving a false report to the police. But will the police arrest you for it? Its unlikely. By this point, if they think its true, they'll assume youre lying to them about being false to help your spouse.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    You could be charged with the crime of giving a false statement. I would advise getting a lawyer to help you with this. I would hope that you would like to set the record straight and a lawyer could probably help you do that. It would be your choice however.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law
    Gregory Casale Attorney at Law | Gregory Casale
    If you are found out you will be charged. Get an attorney and see if he can work out a deal for you and the wrongly accused.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Austin Legal Services, PLC
    Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
    You can be charged with giving a false police report. It's not definite though and it often doesn't happen. It will be hard for the prosecution to continue with the case due to your lies so the case will probably be dropped. If charged, you need to retain an attorney at once.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    If the police learn it is false, then you will be arrested for misdemeanor false report. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    You can be charged with filing a false report or obstructing law enforcement.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Jon M. Carter, Attorney at Law | Jon M. Carter
    You can be charged with false reporting of a crime, obstructing an officer, or more.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Anderson Law Office
    Anderson Law Office | Scott L. Anderson
    You could be charged with false information to police and if convicted it is usually a misdemeanor offense.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Desert Defenders
    Desert Defenders | John Jimenez
    You could be prosecuted for the crime of reporting a false charge to police. You should exercise your 5th Amendment right to remain silent and not incriminate yourself, now.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Don't make it any worse by talking and incriminating yourself. From this point forward only speak through an attorney, and only speak to others with your attorney present.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan | Geoffrey M. Yaryan
    You could be charged with filing a false police report.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Get a lawyer and take the 5th amendment. If you testify to what you told the police (which was a lie) they will charge you with perjury. If you testify that what you told the police was false they will charge you with filing a false police report. Do not try to deal with this yourself. You need a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law
    Eric J Schurman, Attorney at Law | Eric James Schurman
    You have committed a crime, and it's very important to hire counsel to remedy the situation without exposing yourself to further criminal liability.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Shane Law Office
    Shane Law Office | Robert J. Shane
    It's a misdemeanor to file a false police report.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    Giving false information to a police officer can result in a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to police or possibly obstructing legal process.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 8/31/2011
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