False Report of a Crime

It is a crime to make a false report of a crime under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 269 Section 13A. To convict someone if this crime, a prosecutor has to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:

  1. The defendant reported a crime to police or caused a report to be made.
  2. That report was false.
  3. The defendant intentionally made the false report, and it was not accidental or negligent.
  4. The defendant knew that the report was false.

False report of a crime is punishable by a fine of $100-$500 or by up to a year in a jail or house of correction.

Giving a False Name Upon Arrest

Under Chapter 268 Section 34A of the General Laws of Massachusetts, it is a crime to give a false name upon arrest. This crime involves three elements that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt, as follows:

  1. Police arrested the defendant.
  2. The defendant gave a police officer a false name.
  3. In doing so, the defendant acted knowingly and willfully. This means that the defendant intentionally gave the false name and did so for a dishonest reason. A dishonest purpose is required because the law allows persons to change their names without going through legal proceedings. Examples of dishonest purposes include concealing a record or hiding one's identity because of an outstanding warrant.

Giving a false name upon arrest is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or by up to a year in a jail or house of correction, or both.

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