What happens when you file a false police complaint?

For example, person A and B are college roommates. Person A has his friend call the cops on person B, and the police show up to their dorm. Person A talks to the police and they leave. The complaint that person A made against person B was false. Can anything happen to person A for making a false police complaint? Can person B do anything if the police put his name on file?

Good Man

The complainee can lodge a complaint on the wrong doer


1. If you make a false accusation, you can be prosecuted for perverting the course of public justice (as its defined under common law). Consideration could also be given to an offence under section 5(2) of the Criminal Law Act 1967, which covers wasteful employment of the police, better known as wasting police time. 2. AS WELL AS being prosecuted, the person you accuse can also sue you. And having police reports to use as evidence, they'll win. So you might end up paying out for both a legal penalty AND a lawsuit.

STEVEN F: Please note

Please note: There is a difference between not pursuing the complaint and determining it was false. If I call about something that isn't worth dealing with, that doesn't mean my statements are false.


Filing a false report is illegal, but I've rarely seen it prosecuted. Unless the person confesses, it is nearly impossible to prove something did not happen.


You just asked a slightly altered version of this same question one hour ago in Law and Ethics. Why don't you wait until a complaint is actually filed?


It's a crime to do that and you will get prosecuted.


Most times the police will not bother to pursue charges. If you file a report that your car was stolen and it is found on the local golf course crashed into a tree and the green was demolished by the car doing doughnuts on it, they will follow up. Happened to a friend of mine.

Justin Thyme

You get prosecuted for it.


Not only will there be a criminal charge, the offender will also mostly likely be expelled by the university.


At a minimum, US States have statutes (laws). I live in Nevada. NRS 207.280 False reporting of crimes unlawful. Every person who deliberately reports to any police officer, sheriff, district attorney, deputy sheriff, deputy district attorney or member of the Department of Public Safety that a felony or misdemeanor has been committed, which causes a law enforcement agency to conduct a criminal or internal investigation, knowing such report to be false, is guilty of a misdemeanor. There can be other crimes. A person called into the FBI about a bomb on a plane. He was jailed and fined $15,000. A person can be sued for libel. Lying to Federal agents is a felony and some of Trump's associates were jailed. A 9-1-1 emergency call that is not an emergency is illegal. On purpose is a category E felony in Nevada.


You asked this yesterday. Yes, you may get her in trouble with the police, but you also will find her reporting you for something, and you will both be bounced out of school.