False report of a crime
What does the law say?
A. It shall be unlawful to willfully, knowingly and without probable cause make a false report to any person of any crime or circumstances indicating the possibility of crime having been committed, including the unlawful taking of personal property, which report causes or encourages the exercise of police action or investigation. Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than ninety (90) days or by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. It shall be unlawful to willfully, knowingly, and without probable cause communicate false information concerning a missing child to a law enforcement agency that causes or encourages the activation of an AMBER alert warning system. Any person convicted of violating the provisions of this subsection shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year or by a fine of not less than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Misdemeanor v felony
In most circumstances false reporting of a crime is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum of ninety (90) days in the Tulsa County Jail. However, as the statute above states, if a false report leads to the issuance of an AMBER alert, the State can charge you with a felony. The range of punishment then changes to a maximum of one (1) year in the Tulsa county Jail. Unfortunately, even though the range of punishment is not that extreme compared to other felonies, you could still end up with a felony conviction that could have a significant impact on you employment opportunities and carry a substantial social stigma. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony you should still seek the best possible legal representation. Call us so that we can get to work on your case and get your side of the story. Seek out the best attorney who can put up a zealous defense and protect your future. Call us today!
Stay safe and stay silent. Don’t make a statement to police. You have the right to defense and you should always take full advantage of that right. Even with the best intentions and honesty, your words can still be used against you. Without proper representation, the State can set you up for failure that could cause lots of inconvenience and unnecessary aggravation. Let us set you up for success!
If you have been accused of falsely reporting a crime, be sure to contact the aggressive and compassionate attorneys at Boeheim Freeman Law, who will fight for you and your rights!
The best criminal lawyers will tear apart the credibility and reliability of the State’s witnesses. We investigate thoroughly any motivation that a witness might have to lie or deceive. Our attorneys are well trained in cross-examination techniques and can expertly maneuver around a witness and trap them in their lies and misconceptions. We will get the truth and vigorously defend you. You need an attorney who not only knows the law, but knows how to argue it effectively. Let Boeheim Freeman Law’s expertise and training go to work for you.