Asked in Domestic Violence for Minnesota

Q: My friend lied to the police about a domestic assault and is turning herself in for it. What will happen to her?

Also will the assault case be dropped?

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Mark Edward Arneson
Mark Edward Arneson
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: She will be facing a charge of filing a false police report. That charge is a gross misdemeanor in Minnesota. It is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $3000 fine. However, if this is a first offense for her, it would be highly unlikely she would serve any jail time.

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William Bailey
William Bailey
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Bloomington, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: She could be charged with a crime. There is no guarantee the other case would be dropped. Your friend really should have a lawyer involved.

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: You can’t turn yourself in on a non-existent charge. Law enforcement won’t take her into custody if there are no charges filed.

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