Filing a False Police Report
Charged with Filing a False Police Report? Our Brockton Defense Attorneys Can Help.
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Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 13(A) makes it a crime to intentionally make/file a police report knowing that it is false. In order to get a conviction for filing a false police report the prosecution must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant reported a crime to a police officer or did something to cause a police report to be made/filed;
- The report was false;
- The Defendant reported the crime intentionally and not by accident, negligence or mistake;
- The Defendant reported the crime or filed the report knowing it was false.
Anyone found guilty of filing a false police report faces up to 1 year in the house of corrections and or a $500 fine.
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Sometimes, people make mistakes or have misunderstandings that can lead to filing a false police report. A parent, worried about a child’s whereabouts may omit or exaggerate information hoping to gain faster response time from police to look for their missing child. Sometimes, in the heat of an argument, a disgruntled spouse or partner may file a report of abuse when that may not have been the case.
Regardless of why you are being accused of filing a false police report our attorneys can help you clear up the matter can have the necessary experience to defend you against the charges you face.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call us to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 584-6955 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.