Michigan Penal Code MCL 750.479c
has been amended to make it a crime to lie or conceal material facts from a police officer conducting certain criminal investigations. Effective July 20, 2012 any person who is informed by a police officer who is 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 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.
This statute does not permit any person from invoking their Fifth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution, or declining to speak to a police officer regarding a criminal investigation.
If you have been advised by a police officer that they would like to speak with you regarding a criminal investigation, it is always a good idea to speak with a Criminal law attorney
. The attorneys at Lewis & Dickstein, P.L.L.C. have over 17 years’ experience as Criminal law attorneys. Feel free to contact one of our attorneys at (248) 263-6800 or fill out a Request for Assistance Form