Question by  bhawna (41)

What is the penalty for lying to a police officer?


Answer by  sonicfoundation (2597)

As strange as it may seem, there is no specific penalty for lying to a police officer in general. However, if you lie to a police officer during the course of an investigation, you could be guilty of obstructing an official investigation and face potential jail time.


Answer by  patti (29325)

It depends on the nature of the lie. Giving a false name when asked is one thing; lying about what you saw or did is another, while lying about or for someone else is yet another problem. Best advice: don't lie to the cops. They always know.


Answer by  worker2746 (2434)

Obstructing justice or perjury can both be punishable by a fine. They are also both punishable by time spent in jail.


Answer by  CarlSCansino (464)

Something as simple as "false report of a crime" or "giving a false name" is considered a misdemeanor whereas "false statements" is a felony.


Answer by  krpmuffitt (223)

Generally, lying to the police is the crime of obstructing an officer and is a misdemeanor. The penalty is different in each state. You will have to check the penalty for your state.

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