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.
Transmitting False Report of a Fire Defenses
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.