Many people have no issues with providing misleading information or outright lies, especially in the age of the internet. Unfortunately for them, the court of law is not quite as lenient as the court of public opinion when it comes to pushing false narratives, and those who provide false information to police officers or government agencies in CA can find themselves facing serious criminal charges.
For this post, we’re covering this very issue and looking at the types of crimes you can be charged with when you provide false or misleading information to the police.
Offenses Involving False Information in California
Providing false information to a police officer: Under California Vehicle Code section 31, it is a crime for someone to provide false information to a police officer. A misdemeanor, this charge can be punished by up to six months in jail.
Providing false identification to a police officer: Under California Penal Code section 148.9, it is illegal for a person to misidentify him/herself, or represent themselves as another person, real or fake. This is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 180 days in jail.
Filing a false police report: As per California Penal Code section 148.5, it is illegal for a person to file a false police report. If prosecuted, someone who is accused of this misdemeanor crime can face up to 6 months in jail and upwards of a $1,000 fine.
Consult with a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney for More Information
At the Jacot Law Firm, we have the knowledge and experience to tackle a variety of criminal charges in CA, including those involving providing false information to a police officer or government agency.
We offer free initial consultations, so don’t hesitate to call us at your earliest convenience to schedule your appointment with one of our reputable criminal defense attorneys.