46.4609 False reports.

Cite as [A.S.C.A. § 46.4609]

(a) A person commits the crime of making a false report if he knowingly:

(1) gives false information to a law enforcement officer for the purpose of implicating another person in a crime;

(2) makes a false report to a law enforcement officer that a crime has occurred or is about to occur;

(3) makes a false report or causes a false report to be made to a law enforcement officer, security officer, fire department or other organization official or volunteer, which deals with emergencies involving danger to life or property that a fire or other incident calling for an emergency response has occurred.

(b) It is a defense to a prosecution under subsection (a) that the actor retracted the false statement or report before the law enforcement officer or any other person took substantial action in reliance on it.

(c) The defendant has the burden of injecting the issue of retraction under subsection (b).

(d) Making a false report is a class B misdemeanor.

History: 1979, PL 16-43 § 2.

Research Guide: MCC 575.080, 15 ASC 504.