November 10, 2011 By Paul Wallin

YES. It is a misdemeanor to provide false information to a police officer. If you are convicted you can face a jail sentence and a fine.

It is your lawful right to refuse to answer questions the police ask of you. However, once you choose to answer a police officers questions you are required to provide truthful answers. If the statements you made falsely lead to a person being wrongfully arrested then the potential consequences to you could be even worse in terms of your punishment. The best thing to do when this happens is to immediately contact a criminal defense law firm and they can help you deal with the situation.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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