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What Does It Mean to Falsely Identify Yourself to Police?

A person who deliberately lies to police, destroys documents, or attempt to influence a witness commits the crime of obstructing justice. In California, there are specific crimes that constitute obstruction of justice.

Is Falsely Identifying Myself to a Peace Officer Obstructing Justice?

Yes. In California, it’s unlawful to provide any type of false identifying information to a peace officer. For example, a defendant providing a false name to a peace officer would be a violation of this law.

Is Filing a False Report the Same as Proving False Identifying Information?

No. Filing a false report involves knowingly reporting a crime that didn’t occur. Where as providing false identifying information involves the defendant giving information they know is incomplete, wrong, or untrue to a peace officer.

How Does the State Prove I Committed this Crime?

Prosecutors have to prove the defendant:

What is the Punishment for Falsely Identifying Myself to a Peace Officer?

Giving false information to law enforcement is a misdemeanor. A conviction is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. The court may also grant several months of probation to reduce jail time, or grant probation instead of jail time.

What are the Defenses to the Charge of Falsely Identifying Myself?

Several defenses are available to fight this criminal charge. Common defenses include:

Should I talk to a Lawyer about Fighting This Criminal Charge?

Yes, talk to a criminal lawyer about how you can avoid the serious penalties associated with this crime.

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Last Modified: 07-08-2016 10:32 AM PDT

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