Duluth, MN asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Minnesota

Q: What are the charges if a juvenile lies about a domestic assault that didn’t happen?

2 Lawyer Answers
Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: The question is unclear. What happens to false charges? Or what happens to a person who makes a false allegation? Much will depend upon the full picture of all the circumstances. A happy or sad ending is possible for either. Caution is warranted. Beyond that that maybe a phone call would allow for a dialogue, and clarification.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: First, the juvenile could be charged with falsely reporting a crime. Second, if the prosecutor does not believe the recantation, the "assaulter" could continue to face charges for domestic assault.

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