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False Report of a Crime

If you have been arrested for the False Report of a Crime, you will need good legal defense. Often times, the police and perhaps even the prosecution have spent considerable time and effort on a case, only to later believe that the person who reported the crime is lying. These can become stressful situations quickly as the victims of the offense are those who are arresting (the police) and charging the offense (the prosecution)!

However, all is not lost because the prosecution must still prove that the reporting party, in this case the defendant, knew that the information being given was false. This can be a difficult standard and settlements of the matter or trial on the merits of the case are options to help get a defendant a favorable outcome if arrested for a False Report of a Crime in Florida.

If you have been arrested in Jacksonville or the surrounding counties, give the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Arnold Law Firm a call. Don't trust your defense to someone who just graduated law school or were a public defender or prosecutor for a short time!


817.49 False reports of commission of crimes; penalty.

Whoever willfully imparts, conveys or causes to be imparted or conveyed to any law enforcement officer false information or reports concerning the alleged commission of any crime under the laws of this state, knowing such information or report to be false, in that no such crime had actually been committed, shall upon conviction thereof be guilty of a first degree misdemeanor as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

Updated as of September 1, 2009 from http://www.flsenate.gov/.

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