Can You Go to Jail for False Accusations?

By Jeff Kennedy

Can You Go to Jail for False Accusations in Fort Worth?

People can be falsely accused of a crime for a variety of reasons, and sometimes a person is charged with a crime based solely on one person’s statements.

Sometimes a witness may give inaccurate information based on what they think they saw. If this happens, the person may not be in any trouble. If, however, someone knowingly provides false information for any reason, this is a crime.

What Is A False Accusation in Fort Worth?

Take, for instance, a woman who accuses her husband of domestic assault and then files a police report stating that her husband assaulted her. Say she makes this accusation to get back at her husband out of anger.

What happens to her if it’s proven that she made a false accusation? The husband may rightly wonder, “Can you go to jail for false accusations or for filing a false police report?”

Giving a False Report to a Police Officer

When you make a false accusation, someone’s life can be greatly harmed. Lying to the police for any reason is a crime under Texas law. That means you can be punished for it.

For instance, making a false report is a Class B misdemeanor.

Some other crimes that involve false statements are:

  • Perjury
  • Aggravated perjury
  • A false report about a missing child or missing person
  • Tampering with or fabricating physical evidence
  • Tampering with government records
  • Fraudulent filing of financial statements

Call a Fort Worth Attorney for your False Accusation Charge

Can you go to jail for false accusations? Yes, you can. People can be held legally responsible for the false information they give to police.

If you’ve provided false information and you’re worried about getting into trouble, or if someone has given false information about you, you should contact a lawyer. The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can be reached at 817-605-1010. You may also reach us through the online contact form below.


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