By: Mary Agramonte
Under Georgia law, it is illegal to transmit false information to law enforcement, fire departments, and the public at large. For example, you can be charged with a crime in Georgia for calling 911 to report crimes, bombs, fires, or other serious situations that do not actually exist. In Georgia, these crimes are called False Report of a Crime, False Report of a Fire, and Transmitting a False Public Alarm.
In Georgia, it is a crime to willfully and knowingly give a false report of a crime to any law enforcement officer or agency. In fact, you can be charged with felony false statement AND misdemeanor false report of a crime for making up a crime that did not actually happen. If you are charged with both of these crimes, you will be sentenced for committing the misdemeanor, and will be subject to up to a year in jail, costly probation, and a fine of up to $1,000. Similarly, it is also a misdemeanor in Georgia to call the fire department for a fire that does not exist. This can also subject you to jail, probation, fines, and a criminal history for life.
Georgia treats the offense of Transmitting a False Public Alarm much more seriously. For example, if someone reports a bomb or other hazardous substance that does not actually exist, you can be found guilty of a high and aggravated misdemeanor. Depending on the location of the warning, you can be found guilty of a felony, where the mandatory minimum would be five to ten years in prison, and a fine of up to $100,000, that you would be required to pay.
Georgia courts treat False Report of Crimes, False Report of Fires, and Transmitting a False Public Alarms very seriously. If you or a friend has been charged with a crime involving the false report of a crime, call an experience criminal defense law firm right away. We provide FREE CONSULTATIONS that can protect your freedom and your future. 404-581-0999.