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November 21, 2019

Can You Go to Jail for False Accusations?

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 innocently 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.

Example of a False Accusation

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

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 and reputation can be greatly harmed. Lying to the police for any reason is a crime under Texas law, and you can be punished for it.

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

Some other crimes that a person could be prosecuted for that involve false statements are:

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

Call a Texas Criminal Defense Attorney

So to answer your question, “Can you go to jail for false accusations?”: Yes, you can. In most circumstances, 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 to discuss your situation. The Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy can be reached by calling 817-605-1010 or by completing the case review form on this webpage.

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