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Arrested for Lying to Police Officer

In many states, including Florida, Lying to a Police Officer who is conducting an investigation of a crime scene or potential crime scene is a criminal act for which the law provides a criminal punishment. Lying to a Police Officer occurs when a person knowingly provides a false statement to a law enforcement officer. If the police investigation is of a potential misdemeanor or regular felony charge, then the lie is a misdemeanor. If the police investigation is for a missing person, then the lie is a misdemeanor. If the police investigation is of a potential capital felony, then the lie is a felony of the third degree. To prove the criminal violation of False Reports of a Crime, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the criminal suspect willfully gave or said, or caused to be given or said, false information or a report about the alleged commission of a criminal offense under Florida law, that he or she knew the information or report was false because no such crime had actually been committed, that the information or report was given or said, or caused to be given or said to a law enforcement officer, and that he or she knew or should have known that the person to whom the information was given was a law enforcement officer. “Willfully” means intentionally, knowingly, and purposely. “Crime” means a felony or misdemeanor. “Felony” means any criminal offense punishable by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary. “Misdemeanor” means any criminal offense punishable by imprisonment in a county correctional facility not in excess of one year. To prove the criminal offense of Giving False Information Concerning the Commission of a Crime, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the criminal suspect knowingly gave information about the alleged commission of a crime, that the criminal suspect knew the information was false, that the criminal suspect gave the false information to a law enforcement officer, that the person who was given the information was a law enforcement officer, and that the criminal suspect knew that the person was a law enforcement officer. The court will instruct the jury that the act committed was a criminal violation and that the person who received the false information was a law enforcement officer. To prove the criminal offense of Giving False Information Concerning the Commission of a Capital Felony, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the criminal suspect knowingly gave information about the alleged commission of a crime, that the criminal suspect knew the information was false, that the crime alleged was a capital felony, that the criminal suspect gave the false information to a law enforcement officer, that the person who received the false information was a law enforcement officer, and that the criminal suspect knew that the person to whom he or she gave the false information was a law enforcement officer. The court will instruct the jury that the act committed was a criminal violation and that the person who received the false information was a law enforcement officer.

Arrested for Lying to Police Officer

If you have been charged with Lying to a Police Officer in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, or Miami Dade County, you should consult an experienced competent criminal defense attorney who can represent you in criminal court. Kenneth P. Hassett of Hassett and Associates, P.A. is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Miami Dade County, and the rest of South Florida. Having a criminal defense lawyer to represent you in criminal court is advantageous, especially when charged with serious criminal offenses. Contact Hassett and Associates, P.A. for an immediate free consultation 24 hours per day seven days per week with a criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with these criminal offenses.

837.05 False reports to law enforcement authorities.

873.055 False information to law enforcement during investigation.

Disclaimer

The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.

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