Los Angeles Police Officers Issuing False Report Attorneys
In a major metropolitan area like Los Angeles, the LAPD works tirelessly to maintain law and order. However, the demands on their resources are substantial, and false reports issued by police officers can undermine their efforts, wasting both time and taxpayer money.
At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused when facing false report allegations. Our firm's commitment to achieving justice extends to defending individuals against false reports issued by police officers. Attorney Mark Werksman is a former Deputy District Attorney who has been practicing criminal law since 1986. Partner Alan Jackson has tried more than 85 cases to jury verdict with a career success rate of 96 percent.
Call us today at (213) 688-0460 for a confidential consultation. Your rights matter, and we are here to protect them.
False police reports are a matter of utmost gravity, as they can have far-reaching consequences that impact individuals' rights and the pursuit of justice. In California, false police reports are taken very seriously and can lead to severe legal repercussions.
Under California Penal Code Section 118, a false police report occurs when an individual willfully and knowingly makes a deceptive statement or report to law enforcement officers, knowing it to be untrue. This includes potentially harmful consequences affecting both individuals and the justice system, such as:
- Wrongful accusations: False police reports can lead to innocent individuals being accused of crimes they didn't commit.
- Reputation damage: Accused individuals may suffer harm to their reputation, which can impact their personal and professional lives.
- Emotional distress: Being falsely accused and facing legal consequences can result in significant emotional distress.
- Wrongful arrest: False reports can lead to arrests and legal proceedings against innocent individuals.
- Resource diversion: False reports divert law enforcement resources away from legitimate cases, potentially delaying justice for actual victims.
- Erosion of trust: Public trust in law enforcement may erode if false reports are not appropriately addressed, affecting cooperation with the police.
- Criminal charges: Individuals making false police reports can face criminal charges themselves, impacting the justice system with additional cases.
- Legal repercussions: Law enforcement officers who file false reports may face internal investigations, disciplinary actions, or criminal charges.
Defending against false report allegations requires a strategic approach and a commitment to a thorough investigation. Some effective defense strategies include:
- Exposing inconsistencies: Scrutinizing the details of the report to identify inconsistencies that may undermine its credibility
- Challenging the evidence: Reviewing the evidence and witness statements to identify weaknesses in the case against you
- Proving motive: Demonstrating that the officer had a motive to issue a false report, such as personal bias or improper conduct
- Third-Party statements: If a peace officer includes a false statement in their report, but that statement was actually made by someone else, Section 118 does not apply unless they knew the statement was false and included it in the report to make it seem true
A strong defense begins with a comprehensive review of the facts and evidence surrounding your case.
Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP has a distinguished record of defending police officers against allegations of issuing false reports. Our Los Angeles defense attorneys have more than two decades of legal experience and the qualifications to handle complex cases involving felonies committed while on bail.
When your rights are on the line, don't hesitate to seek the assistance of a seasoned law enforcement defense lawyer who knows how to win—call Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP today at (213) 688-0460 for a confidential consultation to discuss your case.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.