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What Does it Mean to Provide False Information to the Police?

Obstruction of justice is the criminal act of interfering with due process and administration of the law. The interference includes meddling with a criminal investigation or criminal proceeding. California links the criminal act of interfering with an investigation with providing false information to police.

How Does California Define Providing False Information to Police?

The state defines this criminal act as not giving false information to law enforcement by:

How Is Law Enforcement Defined in California?

A peace officer is anyone who engages in law enforcement such as:

What Does The Prosecutor Have to Prove to Convict Me of Providing False Information?

The prosecutor must be able to prove that the defendant:

Is Providing False Information a Misdemeanor Offense?

Yes. A conviction of providing false information is a misdemeanor. It is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Why Was I Charged with Felony Providing False Information to a Police Officer?

The defendant can face a felony charge if their offense included perjury or fraud. Examples of fraud includes false insurance information or a fake driver’s license.

Are There Any Defenses to This Criminal Charge?

Yes. Specific defenses to this crime include:

Should I Contact a Lawyer Regarding This Criminal Charge?

It’s in your best interest to contact a criminal lawyer to discuss your possible defenses.

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Last Modified: 07-08-2016 11:37 AM PDT

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