False Report to Peace Officer, Federal Investigator, or Law Enforcement Employee in Texas By Jason Trumpler, P.C. on February 10, 2020

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Making a false report to a peace officer, such a police officer is a crime in the State of Texas. For it to be a crime, the Texas Penal Code requires you to make knowingly:

  1. A false statement.
  2. That is material.
  3. To a criminal investigation.
  4. To a peace officer or special federal investigator, or any employee of law enforcement that is authorized by the agency to conduct the investigation,
  5. And you must know that the peace officer is conducting an investigation.

Most often, in criminal proceedings, the peace officer is a police officer. You must know that the report or statement you are making is false. It is a defense to the prosecution if you believe the story to be correct, but it turns out later to be wrong. It is also a defense to the charge if the officer was acting in an undercover capacity when you made the report.

If the State charges with the crime of making a false report to a peace officer, it is vital that you retain legal counsel right away. Having a conviction on your record could cost you jail time, fines, and even your employment and housing. Jason Trumpler has 20-years of experience handling criminal cases and has taken over 100 jury trials to verdict. Call Us Today At 512-457-5200.

Potential Consequences

Providing a false report to a peace officer, federal investigator, or law enforcement employee is a Class B Misdemeanor. If you are convicted of a Class B Misdemeanor, potential consequences include:

  • Up to 6-months of jail.
  • A fine of up to $2,000

Some individuals believe the report they are providing a police officer or other civil servant is accurate at the time. Other individuals will call to amend a statement that they gave previously, only to end up facing criminal charges themselves.

Contact Us At 512-457-5200

We will examine the details of your case to find and provide the best possible defense for you. Jason Trumpler has successfully gotten hundreds of individuals' charges reduced or dismissed. He currently practices throughout Central Texas, including the following counties: Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Burnet, Bell, Hays, Comal, Coryell, and Lee. We can be reached at 512-457-5200.

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