What Legal Actions Can You Take If You Are a Victim of False Accusations or Prosecuted For a Crime You Did Not Commit?

False Accusations:

False accusations are statements made by another party that damages the reputation, integrity, or character of the targeted person. Any statement that is contrary to the truth is a false accusation. An accusation can be a formal charge accusing someone of a crime or an informal statement accusing someone of being involved in an illegal or immoral act.

In Florida, Florida Statute Section 817.49 states it is a criminal offense to knowingly give a false report regarding a crime that did not occur.

  • The first offense of giving a false statement of a crime is a first-degree misdemeanor and carries penalties tp to one year in jail or one-year probation and a $1,000 fine.
  • A second offense of giving false information is classified as a third-degree felony and carries penalties of up to 5 years in prison or probation and a $5,000 fine.
  • Giving false information about a capital felony is a third-degree felony and carries penalties of up to 5 years in prison or probation and a $5,000 fine.

The Prosecution Must Prove the Offense of a False Report by Establishing Four Elements Beyond a Reasonable Doubt:

  1. The accused willfully gave false information about an alleged crime.
  2. Since no such crime was committed, the accused knew the information was false.
  3. The information was given to someone in law enforcement and not just any bystander.
  4. The accused knew the person they gave information about to law enforcement.

Defamation of Character:

There Are Two Types of Defamation:

    1. Libel - Defamation published in writing in a newspaper, magazine, or on the internet.
    2. Slander - Defamation that is orally published in a speech, on the radio, or in conversation.
  • If a false statement does indeed damage the character of its intended target, it will be considered defamatory.
  • If a false statement clearly identifies the target, it will be considered defamatory.
  • If the defamatory statement was published to a third-party, the defamation will be considered libel, if written and slander, if stated orally.

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If you are a victim of a false accusation or defamation of character, act quickly, document all evidence, and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. Ron Chapman is a experienced criminal defense attorney who can represent you if you are falsely accused or your character has been defamed.

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