Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw Enforcement & Police · 6 months ago

Can you get arrested for trying to get a innocent person arrested when they didn’t do anything?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Let's hope so.

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  • 6 months ago

    Yes. Making a false report to police is against the law.

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  • car253
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Lying to police IS against the law in the USA. It is also against the law to file a false police report.

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  • Boris
    Lv 6
    6 months ago

    In the US lying to the police is not against the law. It is in the UK but they no longer have the distinction between crimes of felony or misdemeanor. For the UK a criminal act is a criminal act.

    BUT, to try to get someone arrested you would have to report a crime to the police.

    If that is a lie then you can be arrested. Depending on what was said it could be a felony or a misdemeanor.

    An example of a case I participated in.

    A public school principal was having a problem with wo 10 year old in her office. She called the police. She felt they were not responding quickly enough to her low priority call.

    So she called in, using her official school codes, a "man with a gun" at teh school.

    Within less than a minute 6 officers arrived and started, in combat formation with rifles and handguns drawn, searching the school.

    SWAT was alerted, command trucks were started out and a helicopter started hovering over the school. Ohter schools, both public and private, in the area were notified that they should go on lockdown.

    When the first squad of officers reached her office they found the truth, with the same principal demanding they leave the school with their guns. They canceled the alert

    She was arrested and charged with, what i s called in my state, felony disorderly conduct. The same charge as calling in a fake fire.

    She was fired and her certification from the state was taken away so she could never teach, let alone be a principal, again in the state.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Depends. If t you used good judgement and simply made a mistake. probably not.

    An obvious frame that has hard evidence that you were wasting police/court time, is barristry and possible interference to a government operation. So, if you wasted police time they needed on a Real call, they could slap you with this, also.

    False arrest is a civil suit.

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  • 6 months ago

    If they were actually lying. If, for example, someone was running around outside acting crazy and they called the police to report possible drug use, but it turned out the person was on prescription drugs, the people filing the report would not be arrested because they had a reasonable cause to call the police.

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  • R K
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    yes, you can.....

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Filing a false police report can get you arrested.

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  • 6 months ago

    Huh???????????????

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  • 6 months ago

    You can be charged for making false statements. Lying to the police is a felony so yes.

    Former SSgt.

    • Road Warrior6 months agoReport

      Rubbish. Only lying when under oath, and it has to be proven and is often a misdemeanor.

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