WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR FALSIFYING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICE REPORT

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WHAT IS THE PENALTY FOR FALSIFYING A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE POLICE REPORT

Asked on May 10, 2009 under Criminal Law, Ohio

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B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

I am not an Ohio attorney. I've looked at the Ohio statutes available on the internet, and found the following:

Under Section 2921.11 of the Revised Code, a knowingly false statement under oath in an official proceeding, such as signing a domestic violence complaint against you, is a felony of the third degree.  Perjury cannot be proved, however, by the testimony of only one person other than the perjurer.  If the false statements included child abuse or neglect, it is possible that this would be found to be a first degree felony under Section 2921.14.

First degree felonies carry a prison term that can range from 3 to 10 years, or 1 to 5 years for a third degree felony.  Fines can be as high as $20,000 for a first degree felony, or $10,000 for a third degree felony.  There are a lot of factors that go into sentencing, and in some situations the court has a large amount of leeway.

If you are facing a charge of this nature, I would strongly urge you to get a qualified Ohio lawyer to defend you.  One place to look for help is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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