West Jordan, UT asked in Criminal Law and Employment Discrimination for Utah

Q: Is it illegal for a person to lie to police, in an attempt to have someone punished for crimes they didn’t commit?

It just seems like certain demographics of people are used to complaining and using the police to manipulate and get things they want. For example, someone accuses hotel staff for stealing there jewelry, in an attempt comp a free room or reimbursement. They then claim they saw a hotel maid wearing an Apple Watch that was one of the pieces of jewelry stolen. Now the maid gets has to deal with it. The person is attempting to commit fraud aren’t they? But they’re never charged with anything or questioned. They just get to keep on doing the same type of thing over and over, wasting police and hotel labor hours. But never getting in trouble. If you bring up charging the person, police and coworkers advise against it or simply don’t do anything about it. So we’re just supposed to let these people keep getting away with it? Why is the justice system so adamant about coming after easy prey. While letting the people who are causing way more issues get away with it? Is it because it’s hassle?

1 Lawyer Answer
William Melton
William Melton
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Taylorsville, UT
  • Licensed in Utah

A: The short answer is yes. Lying to the police is illegal and you can get charged with obstruction of justice. Lying to hotel staff is not lying to law enforcement (police).

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