Have You Been Charged with Transmitting a False Report of a Fire in Georgia?
Firefighters respond to calls dozens of times every day all over Georgia. A false report of fire could result in firefighters not being able to appear to an actual fire and possibly injury or death of the people. 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. §16-10-27
A person violates O.C.G.A. §16-10-27 when they transmit in any manner to a fire department, public or private, or to any other group which is organized for the purpose of preventing or controlling fires a false report of a fire, knowing at the time that there was no reasonable ground for believing that such fire exists.
Penalty for violating O.C.G.A. §16-10-27
A person convicted of false report of a fire 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 intent. If you reported a fire based on reasonable grounds that one existed, then no crime occurred. However, proving this defense on your own can be difficult. It is in your best interest to hire a Criminal Lawyer in Georgia.
What is Not a Defense
One thing to note is that even if the report was transmitted to a volunteer department or another group that was not an official fire station, it is still a crime. It is considered a crime if a report is transmitted to any group that is organized to control fires.
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.