Atlanta, GA asked in Criminal Law for Georgia

Q: What happens if you lie to law officer's?

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Robbie Levin
Robbie Levin
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Marietta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If you tell them you’re a vegetarian, but you actually eat chicken.... they probably won’t care.

If you lie to them about something more important, you could be charged with obstruction or giving false information.

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E. Morris Margulis
E. Morris Margulis
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Duluth, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: If you feel the need to lie to law enforcement, it is almost always better to say instead "I invoke my right not to respond", or to say nothing at all.

If you are caught lying to law enforcement, you can face criminal charges, and you can also lose credibility as a witness or a party in any other case, criminal or civil.

Let's say you get convicted of "giving false information" to law enforcement, and then a couple years later you are hit from behind while stopped at a red light. When you make a claim against the driver that hit you, they may be able to point to the fact that you were previously convicted of a crime involving dishonesty, thus undermining your credibility in your civil case.

If you are not a US citizen, you could also face immigration consequences.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Powder Springs, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: I agree with my colleagues. Additionally, you would be guilty of a misdemeanor, and this misdemeanor charge comes with a penalty of a $1,000 fine, one year in jail, or both.

It is best to consult with an attorney who will assist you with the specifics of your circumstances. We are glad to assist you. Contact us today.

I wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, (770) 240-0922.

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