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Is it a felony to file a false police report in New York State? What three statutes address this? What are the accused legal options once a police report has been proven false?
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It can be charged as either a misdemeanor (most common) or felony in New York State. The statutes can be found in New York Penal Code Sections 240.50, 240.55 and 240.60. Typically, it is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of up to a year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine. However, it can be felony in limited circumstances (e.g., a person has prior convictions for making a false police report).

A person can be arrested and prosecuted for filing a false report. Additionally, depending on the circumstances, the falsely accused may have a cause of action against the person for defamation (libel and/or slander) and negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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