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what happens when someone reports to the police that ...

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what happens when someone reports to the police that you have threatened them, even though it is not true
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  JD replied 8 years ago.

Filing a false report is a crime. Sometimes this is prosecuted and sometimes it isn't. It usually depends on the severity of the report and how much the report resulted in wasted resources (police time, court time, accused expenses, etc...)

If you have been falsely accused of a crime, you can also file a civil suit for defamation of character and/or malicious prosecution. This civil action can be quite damaging against the person who made the false report (financially damaging).

You should speak with an attorney in your district if someone has made these allegations against you.

Good luck.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to CriminalLaw's Post: if he does file this charge will I be arrested, for what i'm being accused of
Expert:  JD replied 8 years ago.

That depends on the specifics of what was reported to the police. There are several crimes where someone makes threats... the specific crime would depend on the type of threat, the circumstances surrounding the threat, and the method of communicating the threat.

All of these things can (and should) be investigated by a local attorney without you having to incriminate yourself by speaking to someone with the police. You should allow a local attorney to look into this as it will likely be very inexpensive and you would be protecting yourself in the best manner possible.

Good luck.

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