You don’t have to call police and make a false report of a crime to be charged with False Reporting to Authorities in Adams County. Whether in Brighton, Erie or Commerce City, setting off a false fire alarm, calling in any kind of untrue 911 emergency, or furnishing false identifying information like your name, address, birth date, social security number and driver’s license, will result in charges. Pretending to be another person, such as when a cop pulls you over and your driver’s license is under suspension, is a violation of this broad statute. To illustrate just how broad this law stretches, our defense lawerys have even heard of men and women charged with False Reporting for calling 911 and claiming to have a medical emergency when they do not. Read about more common ways to be charged with False Reporting.
False Reporting is a Class Two or Three Misdemeanor in Jefferson and Douglas County
False Reporting in Douglas and Jefferson County is generally a class 3 misdemeanor. However, False Reporting turns into a class 2 misdemeanor if a person creates a false alarm of a fire or other false emergency exit alarm to sound. Also, a class 2 misdemeanor occurs if false reporting to authorities is committed at the same time as or during the commission of another criminal offense. The class 3 misdemeanor version of this criminal offense can result in up to 6 months in the Jefferson County Jail, while the class 2 misdemeanor version includes a possible 12 months in the Douglas County Jail.
How Men and Women Get Caught by Police for False Reports in Arapahoe County
We see False Reporting charges in Aurora and Arapahoe County most often when men and women do not want to get in trouble for going into a bar, driving while under revocation, or just get a ticket for anything. They can’t imagine how this can be another, separate crime. Police frequently run the name you give them when they ask who you are. With that, they get a physical description of you and other information you might not be able to fake. In some cases, use of a fake ID can also result in felony charges of forgery. Be careful, faking your ID or lying to police about who your true identity can sometimes be worse than the original crime they stopped you for.
Our Denver criminal defense lawyer team is always ready to protect you from the penalties for False Reporting charges. Give us a call at 303-731-0719, and set up a free initial consultation. When you come to visit at any of our three Colorado offices, we will provide you with a wealth of information on your charges and the court process. So remember, never speak to police and call our lawyers for a meeting soon. Together, we can protect your future.