Cleveland, OH asked in Domestic Violence for Michigan

Q: Can I get into trouble if I tell the truth when I testify in court on Friday. The truth is different then then report

I panicked when writing police report and when talking to detective. Now I have to testify on friday and want to know if I will get into any legal trouble if I tell the truth which is diff then the report

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Depends...police reports are not evidence, but if what happened is markedly different from what you reported, you could be charged with making a false report. It is, however, not uncommon that witness or victim testimony differs from what was in the report. Expect the prosecutor to try to reconcile your testimony, and expect the defense attorney to grill you about the inconsistencies.

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