Filing a False Police Report a Felony
Imprisonment for up to four years and/or a $2,000 fine
Attorney Jordan’s client, Darryl McMillion, was carjacked in Livonia. He went to the Livonia Police Department to report the carjacking. Unfortunately, one of Livonia’s finest became suspicious of Mr. McMillion. He got a warrant and Mr. McMillion was arrested for filing a false police report. To make matters worse, Mr. McMillion was charged with a felony. The charge of filing a police report is a felony when the crime reported is a felony.
In district court, the police officer testified about what led him to get a warrant. Mr. McMillion was bound over to circuit court. The case was assigned to Judge Linda Parker (now a Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan). Carl Jordan filed a motion to squash information from district court. He argued that evidence was lacking for his client to be charged with a crime. Judge Parker agreed. The case was dismissed.
Filing a False Police Report
When a case comes across the desk of a prosecutor who makes the decisions about seeking arrest warrants, the only documentation available may be the police report of the incident. Police reports are limited in the information they convey. Sometimes the police report is inaccurate, misleading or has errors. Frequently, police reports contain witness misstatements or lies. Sometimes the information on the police report reflects bias on the part of the officers.
Not Every Criminal Case Must Go to Trial
A defendant certainly has the option of going to trial, hoping for an acquittal. But criminal trials are risky and expensive. They are also tremendously stressful, as are the proceedings that lead up to them. That’s why, before some cases get that far, a good defense lawyer will try to nip them in the bud. A good criminal defense lawyer will study all the evidence and look for reasons that the charges have no merit. A good criminal defense lawyer will work to get charges dismissed.
About Criminal Defense Attorney Carl Jordan
If you have been charged with filing a false police report, you need an experienced and dedicated advocate to fight for you. Your best defense? Carl Jordan. His practice is criminal law only. He does not handle divorces or lawsuits.
Carl Jordan defends charges of filing a false police report throughout Michigan in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Saint Clair, Lapeer, Genesee, Washtenaw, Monroe and beyond.