Fighting for those accused of lying to authorities
Police and government officials routinely rely upon information from the public in performing their duties. And when a person is found guilty of filing a false police report in Utah for his or her own purposes, the law imposes harsh criminal penalties. People are frequently shocked to learn that, under the wrong circumstances, a small misstatement of fact to a police officer can lead to a misdemeanor conviction and a criminal record. Our team at Intermountain Legal appreciates how serious these charges are and how important it is to our clients to see them swiftly and favorably resolved. We make it a priority to stay engaged with the prosecutors involved and keep our clients informed throughout the process.
Providing false information to authorities in Utah
Filing a false police report in Utah is a Class B misdemeanor offense, with penalties that can include fines and jail time. A conviction can also appear on your criminal record for years. Filing a false report includes the following:
- Knowingly making false statements to other peace officers and government agencies
- Falsely reporting crimes to police, social workers, counselors and therapists
- Providing false information on a license application or other licensing document
As with other crimes involving conflicts with police in Utah, a charge of providing false information frequently accompanies other underlying charges. For example, a person who commits a crime and then lies to investigating officers about it may face a charge for the underlying crime and an additional charge for trying to cover it up. In many cases, even if the underlying charge is dismissed, the charge for providing false information may stand. If you are facing charges for filing false reports or making false statements — whether alone or with other charges — an experienced and dedicated criminal defense attorney can be an excellent asset.
Call the firm for a free consultation regarding false report charges
The defense team at Intermountain Legal has broad experience helping clients fight a variety of criminal charges in Utah state courts. You can count on an attorney from our firm to keep you advised and take the steps necessary to expeditiously resolve your case. We know the law and we know the process. Call our office today at 801-990-4200 or contact us online to begin taking control of your legal troubles.
Intermountain Legal is located in Salt Lake City, UT and serves clients throughout all of Northern and Central Utah including Salt Lake City, Midvale, Sandy, West Jordan, North Salt Lake, Bountiful, South Jordan, Clearfield, Woods Cross, Draper, Farmington, Centerville, Layton, Ogden, Lehi, Provo, Orem, Park City and the counties of Davis, Salt Lake, Weber, Utah, Tooele and Summit.