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False Reporting

False reporting of a crime is a common juvenile prank, but it is still performed by adults as well. Whether an adult or child is accused of the crime, the sentencing can be very serious and most people accused of the crime face felony charges. If you have been accused of the false reporting of a crime, please call and speak with a top Tampa criminal attorney.

The severity of charges for this crime depend on the specific crime reported to the police. If you are accused of reporting a misdemeanor, you will face misdemeanor charges, punishable by 90 days in jail and a $500 fine. If the reported crime was a felony though, you will be facing felony charges and could spend up to four years in prison and be fined $2000. In either case, it is critical you defend your freedom with the help of a top Tampa criminal lawyer.

Your attorney has many defenses available to him and should always select the one best suited to your case. In most cases, the strongest defense is to prove that you thought the crime actually was occurring and that you tried to report the crime. For example, if you saw someone breaking into a car, but it turned out to be their own vehicle, you cannot be blamed for making the mistake.

In other cases, you may have been the victim of a real crime, but refuse to press charges. Sometimes the police or prosecutor will threaten to press false reporting charges against you unless you press charges against the person who wronged you. Your Tampa criminal lawyer can help you ensure this violation of your rights does not stand in court.

When you have been accused of false reporting, it is critical you fight the charges with an excellent Tampa criminal attorney with proven experience. Call our offices today do discuss your case.