Providing False Information to Law Enforcement
Accused of giving false information to law enforcement in Lexington?
The charge of providing false information to law enforcement is a serious public corruption crime in South Carolina. The offense is detailed in South Carolina Code of Laws §16-17-725 (2011), which makes it a misdemeanor criminal offense with a maximum penalty of up to 30 days in jail. You also need to worry about the possibility of ending up with a criminal record which could follow you for years into the future. The crime of giving false information to law enforcement is generally prosecuted in the magistrate or municipal court.
When is supplying false information charged?
Common examples of situations in which this charge is filed include traffic stops where a false ID was provided, or in
criminal domestic violence cases where an alleged victim wants to change their story. In other instances it may serve as a precursor to a more serious investigation for insurance fraud or similar crimes. In certain circumstances providing false information can also be considered felony perjury. Under South Carolina law, perjury can be committed even outside of the scope of sworn testimony. In some cases, the defendant has been falsely accused of the crime, while in others he or she told a lie in a moment of distress and confusion. In either scenario, a Lexington criminal defense lawyer from our firm is ready to help.
Speak with a Lexington Criminal Defense Attorney Today
A conviction for providing false information can haunt you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with providing false information and would like to discuss ways to avoid a criminal conviction please contact a Lexington criminal attorney at the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC by phone or online. We are experienced with handling cases in both Lexington and Columbia, as well as in other areas. Furthermore, we have extensive experience with defending clients on a wide variety of criminal charges, and we are ready to help you take action to protect your future from the consequences of a criminal conviction.