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What are the consequences of filing a false police report?

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Answer By Glenn M. Sowa
Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
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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

Answer By Jared Austin
Austin Legal Services, PLC
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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
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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

Answer By Roy L. Reeves
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
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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

Answer By Tracey Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
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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: 8/21/2011

Answer By Steve Freeborn
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
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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: 8/21/2011

Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
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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: 8/21/2011

Law Office of Geoffrey M. Yaryan
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They can file a misdemeanor if you intentionally misstated material facts.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/20/2011

Answer By Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman
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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: 8/20/2011

Law Office of Richard Williams
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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: 8/20/2011

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