What Happens If You File a False Police Report?

If you have been accused of filing a false police report, it is likely that you have been charged with obstructing justice. While it is legal for anybody to file a report with the police, it is unlawful to file a report when you know that the information you are providing is untrue.

What Is Obstruction of Justice?

Typically, obstruction of justice refers to a crime in which one disrupts or interferes with the due process of law. In addition to filing a false police report, this could include influence a witness, falsifying documents, and  lying to police officers.

The Consequences of Filing a False Police Report

Depending on where and how you file the report, you could be charged with a state or federal crime. The consequences are severe, perhaps resulting in a long period of time spent in jail or prison.

Defense of False Police Report Cases

If you have been accused of filing a false police report, there are still a few things you can do to protect yourself. For instance, your lawyer may show that you filed a report you believed to be true at the time. Your defense will rest in the idea that you never intended to deceive police officers.

Do you have more questions about your case? Are you still unsure about the charges against you? It is essential that you get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer if you are facing obstruction of justice charges. Contact us to learn more about your options.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article does not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact attorney Kirk Anderson for an initial consultation.