If you lie to the police in Michigan, you can be charged with a crime.
You do not have to talk with the police, but you cannot lie to them. A new law created new felony and misdemeanor charges for false statements to the police.
Lying to the Police is either a Felony or Misdemeanor Crime, Depending on the Circumstances
Michigan law makes it a crime to lie or conceal material facts from a police officer conducting a criminal investigation. In other words, lying to the police is a crime. Any person whom a police officer informs that they are conducting a criminal investigation shall not knowingly or willingly do any of the following:
Conceal from a police officer, by trick, scheme, or device, any material fact relating to that criminal investigation. Make any false or misleading statement regarding a material fact in a criminal investigation. Issue or provide any written document to the police officer that the person knows is false or misleading regarding a material fact in a criminal investigation.
It is Better Not to Speak with the Police
This statute does not prevent anyone from invoking their Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution or declining to speak to a police officer regarding a criminal investigation.
Suppose you are charged with a felony or a misdemeanor offense involving resisting and obstructing the police, obstructing justice, or making false or misleading statements to the police. In that case, you need the assistance of an experienced criminal defense lawyer with the skill and tenacity to stand up and protect you in court. The lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. are widely known for protecting and defending clients in the most challenging circumstances and can help you or your loved one. If you face charges for a crime involving lying to the police, call us as soon as possible for a free consultation.
Providing a False Name to the Police is a Separate Crime
Giving a false name to the police in Michigan is a crime. It is generally considered a high-court misdemeanor offense under Michigan law, particularly when an individual is being arrested, stopped, or questioned by a law enforcement officer under circumstances that would require the individual to provide truthful identification. This act can be charged under various statutes, depending on the context and the nature of the interaction with law enforcement.
The specific crime and possible penalties can vary, but typically, providing false identification to a police officer can result in charges such as “Obstructing Justice” or “Obstructing a Police Officer,” which are outlined under Michigan’s penal code. The penalties for such an offense include fines, community service, probation, and up to two (2) years in prison. The exact penalty often depends on the circumstances of the case, the individual’s criminal history, and the court’s discretion.
For example, if giving a false name is intended to hinder or obstruct a police investigation, the penalties could be more severe. Additionally, if providing false information leads to more serious consequences or is part of committing another crime, the individual could face heightened charges beyond just the misdemeanor for giving a false name. Legal representation is crucial for anyone facing such charges, as a defense attorney can provide guidance on the law, possible defenses, and potential outcomes in court.
“What do I do if the police want to talk with me?”
If you find yourself in a situation where the police want to question or suspect you of a crime, even if you are wrongfully accused, it’s imperative to proceed with caution and be aware of your rights. The first and most crucial step is politely declining to answer questions without a lawyer present. Even if you believe you have nothing to hide, it’s important to remember that anything you say can be used against you in court. The next immediate action should be to contact a reputable criminal defense law firm, such as LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., to secure experienced legal representation. Our team of dedicated defense attorneys understands the gravity of your situation and can provide the guidance and protection you need during police questioning. We will protect your rights, advise you on the best course of action, and stand by your side to prevent unintentional self-incrimination. The last thing you want to do is get caught lying to the police because that is a crime. Remember, having a skilled attorney by your side is your strongest defense when facing potential criminal charges, and taking swift action to secure such representation is paramount.
Michigan Criminal Defense Attorneys Defending Clients Accused of Lying to Police Officers
If a police officer has advised you that they would like to speak with you regarding a criminal investigation, it is always a good idea to talk with an experienced criminal law attorney before answering questions. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have decades of experience as criminal law attorneys and an unparalleled track record of successfully protecting and defending clients on all felony and misdemeanor charges in Michigan. Remember that lying to the police is a crime, so do not speak to them. Invoke your right to remain silent under the 5th Amendment. If the police suspect you were not honest with them or have questions for you, call us immediately for a free consultation and confidential case evaluation.
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