What can I expect in court with a charge of giving false data to a police officer?

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What can I expect in court with a charge of giving false data to a police officer?

I was pulled over and asked my name. I knew my license was suspended so I lied about my name. He found out I was lying so I told the true right after. What can I expect?

Asked on October 26, 2010 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking it is never a good idea to lie to the police about anything.  Giving false information is a crime in and of itself.  What happened after you fessed up?  Did he let you go?  Did he give you a ticket or an appearance ticket (sometimes called a desk appearance ticket) to go to court?  What was it for?  I would speak with an attorney in your area as to this matter.  You need to iron out the issues. There are two here: lying and driving with a suspended license.  Neither one is great and both may get you a fine or worse. And expect your license to remain suspended even longer. Good luck.


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