12.15.20 – False Allegations – The Legal Connection Show

12.15.20 – False Allegations – The Legal Connection Show

I. Why do people give false information to the police? Examples: Money, Anger, Retaliation, Mistake

II. When does it happen most often? Two main types: intentional motivations or accidental witness

III. Is it a crime to make false allegations? Texas Penal Code 37.02 (Perjury), Texas Penal Code 37.03 (Aggravated Perjury), Texas Penal Code 37.08 (False Statement to Police) and Texas Family Code 261.107 (civil and criminal penalties in family case)

IV. Do you have any civil legal options if police won’t press charges? Yes, defamation, false imprisonment, unlawful restraint, malicious prosecution


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