One of the reasons False Reporting to Authorities is charged in Denver, Aurora, and Brighton is when someone falsely reports a crime that they know did not occur. A woman is facing potential these charges for calling police to report that she was raped. According to the report, the woman claimed that a door-to-door salesman came to her door and was turned away. She said he then came back and entered her home through the back door, raping her. Through investigation and surveillance video it was determined no one visited her house at the time she alleged the crime occurred. The woman admitted to lying to the police about the entire thing and she may be criminally charged.
Adams County False Reporting Lawyer: Definition of False Reporting in Jefferson County
The Adams and Jefferson County, Colorado law definition of False Reporting to Authorities – C.R.S. 18-8-111 – is:
“(1) A person commits false reporting to authorities, if:
(a) He or she knowingly:
(I) Causes by any means, including but not limited to activation, a false alarm of fire or other emergency or a false emergency exit alarm to sound or to be transmitted; or
(II) Prevents by any means, including but not limited to deactivation, a legitimate fire alarm, emergency exit alarm, or other emergency alarm from sounding or from being transmitted; or
(b) He makes a report or knowingly causes the transmission of a report to law enforcement authorities of a crime or other incident within their official concern when he knows that it did not occur; or
(c) He or she makes a report or knowingly causes the transmission of a report to law enforcement authorities pretending to furnish information relating to an offense or other incident within their official concern when he or she knows that he or she has no such information or knows that the information is false; or
(d) He or she knowingly provides false identifying information to law enforcement authorities.”
The woman above would likely be charged under subsection (b) for reporting a crime that didn't happen. As a class 3 misdemeanor in Douglas and Arapahoe County, False Reporting is punishable by up to 6 months in the Douglas County Jail.
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