Have You been Charged with Transmitting a False Report of a Crime in Georgia?
Police officers and other law enforcement officials require reports to do their jobs. Causing a false report to be made can cause significant problems for officers. If you or a loved one has been charged with this crime, contact our office today for a free case evaluation.
Georgia Law O.C.GA. §16-10-26
A person violates O.C.G.A. §16-10-26 when they willfully and knowingly give or causes a false report of a crime to be given to any law enforcement officer or agency of the state.
Penalty for violating O.C.G.A. §16-10-26
A person convicted of false report of a crime in Georgia will be charged with a misdemeanor. In Georgia, misdemeanor charges carry up to $1,000 in fines or up to one year in jail or both.
There are many defenses that an experienced Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney could use to get your case dismissed or to achieve a better outcome. One such argument is lack of evidence that you willfully or knowingly gave a false report. If you did not intentionally give a false report, then you cannot be guilty of this crime. Likewise, if you believe the report to be accurate, then you did not violate the statute. However, proving this defense on your own can be difficult. It is in your best interest to hire a Criminal Lawyer in Georgia.
When charged with a crime, it can be difficult to discern how to defend yourself, and the criminal justice system is confusing. Don't take a chance by representing yourself! Let the Criminal Defense Team at Lawson and Berry assist with your case today. Contact us for a free case evaluation.