What is the penalty for filing a false police report?
What is considered false reporting in TX? I made a report against my ex-boyfriend on an incident that happened 3 months ago after getting into a heated argument over the phone. The relationship was volatile and we both became physical with each other. We called the police on each other twice and the police gave us a warning and suggested we no longer be together, which we are not. I made the report while not in the right frame of mind and no longer want to press charges. What I stated happened in the report, did happen, however, we were both at fault. If I explain this, will I be charged?
Under the Texas Family Code § 261.107, a false report is defined as follows:
FALSE REPORT; CRIMINAL PENALTY; CIVIL
PENALTY. (a) A person commits an offense if, with the intent to
deceive, the person knowingly makes a report as provided in this
chapter that is false. An offense under this subsection is a state
jail felony unless it is shown on the trial of the offense that the
person has previously been convicted under this section, in which
case the offense is a felony of the third degree.
What you really want to do is drop the charges. I would go and speak with an attorney as to what to do here. You are the complaining witness and you have an obligation to testify or you may be charged with hindering prosecution or the like.