Did You Know Lying To El Paso Police Can Get You Arrested?
An El Pasoan just found that out the hard way after cops say they were given bogus information about a car accident.
The El Paso Police Department received a call about a man who had been hospitalized after a car accident. He allegedly told the EPPD officers it was a hit and run but cops were skeptical from the start as his injuries didn't seem to match his story.
According to KTSM, their suspicions were later confirmed when a video of the incident surfaced showing the guy involved in a fight and punching the jeep he claimed to have been struck by. Just so you know:
False reports take investigators away from other investigations and delay active investigations. The El Paso Police Department will present charges against individuals who intentionally provide false information. - KTSM
The charge you would face for lying to the Po-Po is a Class B misdemeanor. In this case, a warrant was issued and the accused individual was picked up later and booked on a $2,500 bond. The penalties can include mandatory jail time if the person charged has a prior conviction for a felony or any previous class A or B misdemeanors.
The penalty can be as much as 1 year in jail and/or up to $4K in fines plus all the other drawbacks that go with having a conviction on your record. Trouble getting certain jobs or security clearances for example.
In terms of penalties, probation is also a common sentence for those convicted of the charge(s) levied against them.
Bottom line here is, don't lie to the cops.