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