If you admit to filing a false police report
, it's possible that you could be charged accordingly.
Filing a false police report is a crime of the fourth degree, punishable by up to 18 months in prison and a fine (statute below).
His charges may or may not be dropped. That's really up to the prosecutor.
His exact penalties, if convicted, would depend on the crime he's been charged with.
If you can reply to me the statute he's been charged under, I could tell you what the maximum penalties would be under that statute.
However, people can be charged in different ways for the same act, so without that information, it would be difficult to say with certainty what he's looking at.
Unfortunately, witnesses recant their statements in many domestic violence
cases, even when they statements were true.
This is because they don't want to see significant others charged or convicted of crimes.
Therefore, many prosecutors take a witness/victim's statements with a grain of salt when a witness/victim is trying to help a loved on escape prosecution.
Your best bet is to retain an attorney to assist you with the matter so as to ensure that you handle it in a fashion that doesn't jeopardize you or your significant other.
Your attorney can help you attempt to recant your statements or potentially assist you with efforts to avoid testifying if that is your desire.2C:28-4. False reports to law enforcement authorities
a. Falsely incriminating another. A person who knowingly gives or causes to be given false information to any law enforcement officer with purpose to implicate another commits a crime of the fourth degree.
b. Fictitious reports. A person commits a disorderly persons offense if he:
(1) Reports or causes to be reported to law enforcement authorities an offense or other incident within their concern knowing that it did not occur; or
(2) Pretends to furnish or causes to be furnished such authorities with information relating to an offense or incident when he knows he has no information relating to such offense or incident.
L.1978, c. 95, s. 2C:28-4, eff. Sept. 1, 1979.
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