False Report of a Crime
It is a crime to make a false report of a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 13A. To convict someone if this crime, a prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The defendant reported a crime to police or caused a report to be made.
- That report was false.
- The defendant intentionally made the false report, and it was not accidental or negligent.
- The defendant knew that the report was false.
False report of a crime is punishable by a fine of $100-$500 or by up to a year in a jail or house of correction.Giving a False Name Upon Arrest
Under Chapter 268 Section 34A of the General Laws of Massachusetts, it is a crime to give a false name upon arrest. This crime involves three elements that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, as follows:
- Police arrested the defendant.
- The defendant gave a police officer a false name.
- In doing so, the defendant acted knowingly and willfully. This means that the defendant intentionally gave the false name and did so for a dishonest reason. A dishonest purpose is required because the law allows persons to change their names without going through legal proceedings. Examples of dishonest purposes include concealing a record or hiding one's identity because of an outstanding warrant.
Giving a false name upon arrest is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or by up to a year in a jail or house of correction, or both.Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer
Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. is a criminal defense attorney who regularly appears in all state and federal courts in Massachusetts. He is a seasoned expert backed by more than 30 years in criminal defense exclusively. Attorney Wheeler has a proven history of success in all types of criminal cases and at all stages of criminal proceedings. If you have been charged with false report of a crime or giving a false name upon arrest, contact Attorney Wheeler for advice.Law Office of Robert J. Wheeler, Jr. (617) 973 5858
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