Have you Been Charged with Giving a False Name, Address, or Birthdate to a Law Enforcement Officer in Georgia?
Law enforcement officers are here to protect our communities and everyone in them. However, giving false information can impede their investigations. Therefore, Georgia has made it a crime to give false information to the police.
If you or a loved one has been charged with providing false information, contact our offices today. Even though it is not as serious as other crimes, that does not mean you don't need legal representation. Many people make the mistake of assuming that a charge is the same as a conviction and don't even try to fight their case. Don't make that mistake! Contact Georgia’s premier criminal defense law firm and speak to one of our highly experienced attorneys.
What is Giving False Information in Georgia?
O.C.G.A. §16-10-25 states that a person will be guilty of a crime when they give a false name, address, or date of birth to a law enforcement officer in the lawful discharge of his official duties with the intent of misleading the officer as to their identity or birthdate.
Georgia Case Law
A defendant was convicted of giving a false name in the case of Smith v. State. 319 Ga. App. 164, (2012). She was driving her sister's car without permission and got into an accident. When questioned by the police after the accident, she used her sister's name instead of her own. The defendant identified herself as the sibling and signed her sibling's name on the Miranda form as well. Therefore, the Court was justified in finding that the defendant intentionally gave the officer the wrong name and she was convicted of providing a false name to a law enforcement officer.
Penalty for Giving False Information in Georgia
A person convicted of giving a false name, address, or birthdate to a law enforcement officer in Georgia will be guilty of a misdemeanor. Misdemeanor charges come with a penalty of a $1,000 fine, one year in jail, or both.
It was Unintentional: If you unintentionally gave the wrong address or birthdate because you were nervous or confused, that could be a defense.
Our Georgia Criminal Defense Attorneys will help you understand your options and will assist you with your case. Our Attorneys are dedicated to being accessible to their clients—days, nights, weekends, and holidays while working hard on their behalf. Your Attorney will make sure you understand all your options and the good and bad of each. Let us put our experience to work for you. Contact our offices today to schedule a consultation.