Sec 31 of the California Vehicle Code stipulates that “No person shall give, either orally or in writing, information to a peace officer while in the performance of his duties under the provisions of this Code when such person knows that the information is false.”
There are many ways that this provision is violated, such as giving false names, a fake, counterfeit or borrowed driver’s license or a fake forged or counterfeit registration or providing a false answer to any question.
When convicted of this criminal offense, the charge is for a misdemeanor offense and the imposable penalty would be up to six months in county jail and payment of a $1,000 fine. This can further be penalized for obstruction of justice or being an accessory after the fact.
The crime of making false statements or wrong information to a peace or police officer is a serious matter in California. Should you be or know anyone facing any of these charges, do reach out to the lawyers at the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.