Denver, CO asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Colorado

Q: Can you get in trouble for lying to police in order to press charges on somone?

A group of people lied to police in order to press charges on my husband for battery.

We have proof they lied.

Can we press charges back on them for defamation or anything else?

3 Lawyer Answers
Brian K. McHugh
Brian K. McHugh
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Littleton, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: It is a crime to knowingly give false information to a peace officer.

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Mr.  H. Michael Steinberg
Mr. H. Michael Steinberg
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Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Greenwood Village, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: While there is no crime called defamation. The police and the DA have the right to charge a misdemeanor crime - false information to authorities.

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John Kenneth Joyner
John Kenneth Joyner
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Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Yes. Depending on what your intentions were it can either be a misdemeanor or a felony.

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