The crime of Falsely Reporting a Crime or Criminal Matter may be charged against any person who reports to any peace officer, the Attorney General, or any deputy attorney general, or a district attorney, or a deputy district attorney that a felony or misdemeanor has been committed, knowingly the report to be false.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
1. Defendant reported to a peace officer that a felony or misdemeanor has been committed.
2. The false information was given while the peace officer was engaged in the performance of his or her duties as a peace officer.
3. Defendant knew or should have known that the person receiving the information was a peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties.
4. Defendant knew the report to be false.
Misdemeanor: 0-180 days