What happens if you lie on a police report about a car accident?

Asked over 2 years ago - San Jose, CA

My friend was driving my cousins car with out a license and insurance. She got into an accident that was her fault and her and my cousin switched seats so it looked like my cousin was driving. They both lied on the police report. What can happen to them?

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  1. Christine C McCall

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    Answered . There is a potential for prosecution on charges of making a false official report or insurance fraud, and there can be civil consequences such as a suit for damages or cancellation of insurance if the false statements are viewed as intended to affect insurance coverage for the collision.

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  2. Frank R Sariol

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    Answered . Your cousin and your friend could both be prosecuted for filing a false police report, filing a false insurance claim and a slew of other things that would be determined by the facts of the accident and what followed after. I recommend they consult with a criminal defense attorney to see how they should go about correcting this situation.

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  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Can face criminal liability, thus, search Avvo for a criminal lawyer in your city, and call to discuss.

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  4. Jon Thomas Scott

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    Answered . Both parties could face criminal charges resulting from this matter, and each should consult with an attorney to ensure that their interests are protected, and to plan for contingencie. If questioned about this matter by the police, both parties should invoke their right to remain silent and immediately request to speak to an attorney. Having an attorney at the earliest possible stage of a potential charge like this is criticial to a favorable outcome.

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