What is the consequence for filing a false police report?

Asked over 2 years ago - Tempe, AZ

I have a question regarding police reports in Arizona. If a false report is filed for something that "happened" over a year ago and the one filing tells the police department not to investigate and they don't, what is likely to be the consequence of admitting to falsifying a report? Will the person it is filed against have anything on their record or against them?

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Also if you were coerced to file the false report, can that be a defense is anyway?

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  1. Paul E Knost

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . It is a misdemeanor crime to knowingly file a false police report. The Arizona Revised Statutes says:

    13-2907.01. False reporting to law enforcement agencies; classification

    A. It is unlawful for a person to knowingly make to a law enforcement agency of either this state or a political subdivision of this state a false, fraudulent or unfounded report or statement or to knowingly misrepresent a fact for the purpose of interfering with the orderly operation of a law enforcement agency or misleading a peace officer.

    B. Violation of this section is a class 1 misdemeanor.

    Therefore, admitting to filing a false report would be admitting to committing a crime, in this case punishable by up to six months in county jail and up to a $2,500 fine.

    If someone coerced another person to commit a crime, by threat of bodily harm, blackmail, extortion, etc., then yes, that would be a defense, the reasonableness of which a jury would decide.

    NONE OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED HERE IS MEANT AS, NOR INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THE LAW IS CONSTANTLY... more

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