In the criminal justice system, law enforcement, specifically police officers,
detectives, and other investigators rely heavily on interviews with suspects,
eyewitnesses, and other individuals who provide them with valuable “tips”
that help solve cases.
Often, detectives will conduct multiple interviews with people when investigating
a crime. They will talk to everybody they can; anyone who may be able
to help them nail down a suspect and gather enough evidence to initiate
Since state and
federal investigations depend on the information provided to them in interviews
with suspects and witnesses, it’s critical that they information
they receive is true and reliable.
Understandably, people are required by law to give honest and truthful
information during criminal investigations. When people intentionally
lie to the police or other members of law enforcement, or when they knowingly
provide false or misleading information, they can face criminal charges under
Section 37.08 of the Texas Penal Code.
Providing False Reports to Law Enforcement
Under Sec. 37.08, it’s against the law to provide a false report
to a peace officer, a federal special investigator, or another member
of law enforcement. Under this section, it’s unlawful to knowingly
make a false statement to member of state or federal law enforcement that is
material to a criminal investigation.
In other words, it’s a crime to intentionally make a false statement
to any member of state or federal law enforcement that is relevant or
material to a criminal investigation. For example, suppose you provided
a false alibi for someone who was under investigation.
If you said that your friend, “John” was with you at a certain
day and time when he wasn’t – that would be a violation under
Sec. 37.08. Providing a false statement to law enforcement is a
Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000, or up to 6 months in jail, or both.
Accused of lying to law enforcement during an investigation?
Contact our Plano criminal defense firm at once to schedule a consultation!