Can you get arrested in the US for falsely accusing someone of assault?

Some guy told me a story where he was in an intense verbal argument with a woman. He started walking home, and five minutes later a police officer approached him and told him that they were arresting her for scratching herself up and claiming it was him. (She still had skin under her fingernails, so it was easy to tell.)

Is that something you go to jail for like that, and for how long?

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    WHERE matters.  In MY State a false Police Report is between 24 and 36 months in jail/prison.

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  • 1 month ago

    Yes, you can be charged in the US, and in MOST countries, with making false accusations to law enforcement.

    Note: There is a difference between making a false accusation and making a mistake in identifying the assailant.

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  • 1 month ago

    Someone can get arrested for telling lies to the police.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Making false charges is illegal pretty much everywhere, but you'd need to look up your local laws to see exactly what the penalty is in your jurisdiction.

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