Yesterday I was at the doctor, I came home and I seen an animal control officer next door. A neighbor I had never met but once. Don't even know her name. I was home like 5 minutes and when I went outside she started cursing at me calling me a druggie, drunk, horrible names and called the police in me for harassment. I didn't say anything. The cops came running over here screaming at me to sit down and shut up. I tried showing them my GPS location where I wasn't even home when she made up the story of me harassing her. She obviously thought I called the animal control on her. She made a false report. I was harassed by her and the cops. The officer wouldn't even look at my GPS location . I videoed what I could of her cursing me. I was only home for maybe 8 minutes total. They automatically assumed I was lying. My husband and I bought a home here. We have our own real estate business. My husband is a veteran serving 8 years in the Army. I have never took a drug. We don't drink. My mother just passed away. I was in tears. It embarrassed me horribly in front of my neighbors. What can I do? She slandered our name and lied?
Unfortunately everyone who is accused of something claims they are innocent and claims to have evidence proving their innocence. It's not the police his job to decide whether that evidence is good or what it means. That is the job of the courts. Hire a criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with a crime.
Yes, someone can get in trouble for making up a completely bogus story. But just because the neighbor is wrong doesn't mean they will get in trouble.
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837.05 False reports to law enforcement authorities.—
(1)(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) or subsection (2), a person who knowingly gives false information to a law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of any crime, commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(b) A person who commits a violation of paragraph (a) commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084, if the person has previously been convicted of a violation of paragraph (a) and subparagraph 1. or subparagraph 2. applies:
1. The information the person gave to the law enforcement officer was communicated orally and the officer’s account of that information is corroborated by:
a. An audio recording or audio recording in a video of that information;
b. A written or recorded statement made by the person who gave that information; or
c. Another person who was present when that person gave that information to the officer and heard that information.
2. The information the person gave to the law enforcement officer was communicated in writing.
(2) A person who knowingly gives false information to a law enforcement officer concerning the alleged commission of a capital felony, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
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