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Giving False Info to a Police Officer

With a dramatic rise in incarceration rates in the United States over recent years, it may prove wise to read up on which legal offenses have been landing people in the big house and how the help of a skilled bondsman can get you out. Making an appearance on this extensive list of misdemeanors is offering false information to an officer of the law.

Examples of False Information

• A name which is not yours.
• A counterfeit driver’s license, or one that belongs to someone else.
• Fake or forged registration information.
• Fabricated answers to a question.

California’s law regarding the release of false information to the police states that “No person shall give, either orally or in writing, information to a peace officer while in the performance of his duties under the provisions of this code when such person knows that the information is false.” Violation of this law may result in up to six months in jail along with a $1,000 fine.

Trial Procedure

However, those accused cannot be convicted without a proper trial. The prosecutor involved in such a case must prove that the defendant acted with deceptive intent when providing their information. If an officer asks John a question to which he genuinely does not know the answer and he replies falsely, for instance, he cannot be held legally accountable. Conviction also may not occur if an officer is not performing their job appropriately at the time of the offense. If Jane is pulled over by an unmarked vehicle by a plainclothes officer who does not state their intentions, and she acts dishonestly without knowledge of who she is speaking to, she cannot be sentenced.

If conviction does take place, under any circumstances, bonds are an ideal way to speed up release. After the booking process, involving the recording of personal information and the alleged crime, fingerprints and photographs, and a search for a criminal history, the guilty party will be placed in a local jail or holding cell. At times, a judge will grant own recognizance, allowing the offender to be freed from police custody as long as they make a written promise to appear in court at a later date.

When that is not the case, courts may require a financial guarantee of one’s appearance. A bail hearing will be held, during which the court will take into account a variety of factors to determine the monetary value of a bail. Once that amount is specified, it must be paid, in part or in its entirety, to the court. If one does not have sufficient funds to pay, or “post,” bail, they have the option to contact a bail bond agent. This bondsman will generally charge 10 to 20 percent of the total bail. In return, he will pay the remaining fee to the court should the defendant fail to appear for future proceedings.

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