False Reporting to Authorities in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-8-111
False reporting in Arapahoe, Douglas, Adams, Jefferson and Denver counties does not mean you need to speak with police. It just means that if you chose to talk with them, you can't lie to police. For instance, it is always appropriate to tell the police your correct name and other basic identifying information. As our criminal defense lawyers in the Denver area will tell you, it is always a bad idea to try and explain yourself or your circumstances to law enforcement or answer their probing questions. You have a right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution. False reporting is one of several police involved crimes. Lying to police about your identity could get you accused of and charged with a felony called criminal impersonation, C.R.S. 18-5-113.
Elements of False Reporting
Colorado false reporting, C.R.S. 18-8-111, breaks down into several distinct categories. For example, one type of false reporting is when a person pulls a fire alarm without justification. Another type is when a person files a report with the police about a crime that the individual knows didn't happen. False reporting can even be when an individual tells the police false information or if he or she lies to the police. The final way to commit false reporting is by providing the police with false identifying information: a false driver's license or telling police that your name is something other than the truth. Many people charged with false reporting are also charged with obstruction of police, C.R.S. 18-8-104.
Police are trained in interrogation and investigative questioning. They are trying to get you to say something that they will use against you later. There are many horror stories out there about people in Lakewood or Golden who have tried to explain their side of the event to the police, and instead of helping, their discussions simply made things more difficult. The best policy is to provide the authorities in Aurora and Castle Rock with your basic identifying information and then politely ask to speak with your attorney before speaking to the police.
Why Call an Experienced False Reporting Lawyer?
False reporting is a crime that can have negative consequences that will affect you for years to come. Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney in Arapahoe County, Jefferson County, Adams County, Denver or any other Colorado region, will make all the difference in your case. The attorneys at O'Malley Law Office, P.C., are the experienced criminal attorneys that you need. So, if you have been contacted about or charged with Colorado false reporting, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call us right away at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.