According to NRS 207.285, it is against the law to falsely report a crime to authorities. Investigating crimes takes significant public resources. Law enforcement therefore take false reports of crime very seriously, and the State of Nevada has chosen to criminalize this act in an effort to deter people from falsely reporting crimes.
In Nevada, any person who deliberately reports to a law enforcement officer or Department of Public Safety that a felony or misdemeanor has been committed that results in a police investigation has committed the crime of falsely reporting criminal acts.
There are two key provisions to consider here. Firstly, this crime extends to any crime reported, whether it be a felony or misdemeanor. Some similar crimes, only apply to felony crimes, but this statute applies to both. Secondly, a police investigation must be opened into the crime in order for the crime to have occurred.
If you or a loved one have been charged with allegedly violating NRS 207.285, it is important to remember that the burden is proof is upon the State of Nevada to show beyond a reasonable doubt that you have committed the crime. Most crimes have defenses that can be raised to refute the state’s argument. An experienced attorney may raise the following defenses against a charge of falsely reporting unlawful behavior:
The crime of falsely reporting unlawful behavior is a misdemeanor crime. As such, if convicted, a person can face:
If you have been charged with falsely reporting a crime, contact LV Criminal Defense today to schedule a free consultation. Even a misdemeanor can have negative effects on your life. For example, you must disclose a misdemeanor on job applications. Our attorneys have experience in criminal law issues and can negotiate a deal with the prosecutor, and even potentially have the case against you dismissed. If your case goes to trial, our attorneys can provide a zealous and competent legal defense for you.