If convicted for lying to a police officer what kind of penalties will I receive?

UPDATED: Jul 20, 2011

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If convicted for lying to a police officer what kind of penalties will I receive?

I recently split up with my girlfriend of 4 years with which we had 2 vehicles together. One hers;one mine but both were in her name for credit reasons. When she left she took my vehicle as retribution for breaking up with her. I didn’t give it back to her when she wanted so she reported it stolen. I ended up getting arrested while trying to give her the car and was charged with felony auto theft and lying to a police officer. My court appointed lawyer said if I go to trial theft charges will be dropped but I will still get a felony for lying to the police. What kind of penalties am I looking at? Should I speak with a criminal law attorney? In Crawford County, TX.

Asked on July 20, 2011 Kansas


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Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

First thing you need to do is consult with a competent criminal defense lawyer concerning the crimes you are charged with before making any decisions to plea out to any of the charges against you.

Each State in this country have different penalties for conviction of a certain crime ranging from jail time, community service, payment of fines/penalties and community service work.

Many States have laws prohibiting filing a false police report, providing a police officer with false information and so forth. You need to consult with a criminal defense lawyer if the charges against you are misdemeanors of felony charges. Felony charges have a greater penalty if convicted or there is a plea to a felony charge.


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