Making False Reports to Police
– section 53 of the Summary Offences Act 1966
This offence is when you tell the police something that is untrue. And because of what you have told the Police, the police conduct an investigation. Essentially this is a charge against wasting the time and resources of the Police.
- A man is angry with another man, and as revenge, he tells the Police the other man is a pedophile and has child pornography on his home computer. When in fact this is a lie. The Police investigate the other man.
- A woman involved in a crime wants to distract the Police from an investigation. She falsely accuses someone else of being involved in the crime. The other person is completely innocent. The Police question the other person.
- The report you made to the Police was true.
- You did not know that what you said to the Police was not true.
Questions in cases like this
- Can they prove that you knew what you said was false?
Maximum penalty and court that deals with this chargeThe maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of 120 penalty units or imprisonment for 1 year.
Making false reports to police is heard in the Magistrates’ Court.
The section that covers this offence is section 53 of the Summary Offences Act 1966.
What is the legal definition of Making False Reports to Police?When a person knowingly made a false report to the Police. And the false report caused a police investigation.
“Did you lie to the Police?”