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Los Angeles Police Officers Issuing False Reports Lawyers

Los Angeles Police Officers Issuing False Reports Lawyers

In Los Angeles, police officers are entrusted with a great deal of responsibility. They are responsible for controlling traffic, investigating crimes and arresting criminals. In most cases, these officers abide by the law in the line of duty. Sometimes, however, they may issue false information in their reports, which is a crime.

A police officer who issues a false report may be arrested and prosecuted in a court of law. This is a very serious offense because it has the potential to send an innocent person to jail. Read on to learn more about this serious crime.

Explaining the Crime

When police officers conduct arrests or investigations, they will typically be expected to fill out a report of some kind. It may be an arrest report, an incident report or any type of document that explains the nature and purpose of a specific action. By law, these reports must be filled out truthfully in every detail.

California Penal Code 118.1 makes it a crime to include false information in a police report. Specifically, this law makes it a crime if:

  • A peace officer includes any false statement in an investigative or crime report
  • A peace officer includes such false information knowingly and willingly

The arrest report does not have to be signed by the officer in order for this law to take effect. If the officer puts false information into a report, he or she may be charged and prosecuted.

Examples of the Crime

Officer Martinez makes a traffic stop on a car with a broken taillight. During his approach to the car, he detects an odor of marijuana. He asks to search the car and the driver complies. Although no marijuana is found, Officer Martinez places the driver under arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Later, he fills out a report stating that the driver was smoking marijuana while driving and that the driver became combative and argumentative.

If it is discovered that the officer willfully falsified this information, he may be charged with a crime.

Legal Penalties

A police officer who issues a false report may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense depending on the circumstances of the case. This means that an officer convicted on this charge may face:

  • Probation and up to one year in county jail for a misdemeanor
  • Up to 3 years in prison for a felony
  • Possible disciplinary action within the police department, including termination

Legal Defenses

In the state of California, your rights deserve to be protected. When police officers abuse their power, they are also abusing your civil rights. No one deserves to be charged, jailed and convicted for a crime that they did not commit. If you have been penalized as the result of a false report issued by a police officer, you need a strong criminal defense.

Our law firm specializes in defending the rights of our client. If you have been charged or convicted based on the use of a false police report, we can help you in a number of ways. For example, we may introduce evidence in court which proves:

  • You did not commit the actions listed in the false report
  • The officer has clearly entered false information into the report
  • You were convicted on the basis of this false information

If we are successful in showing the court that you were the victim of a false report, your conviction may be overturned.

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