What is the Penalty for Making False Criminal Accusations

Graham Zoppi & Hillson

November 12, 2023
Criminal Lawyer in Toronto

False accusations can leave innocent people facing the loss of their reputation, jail time, and legal liability. So, if someone has made false claims against you or if you want to learn more about the penalties for making false criminal accusations, then continue reading on.

What Are Common Causes for False Claims?

Individuals who make false allegations against others may do so to get even for something that has happened between the two parties. They are abusing the legal system out of anger or desperation, using false statements to use the police and court system to their advantage. 

What Does the Law Consider a False Accusation?

According to the Criminal Code. 140.1, anyone who reaches out to a peace officer with the deliberate intention to misguide them with incorrect information is liable for public mischief. Subsections a, b, c, and d of this code state the misleading information can take the form of the following:

  • (a) Making a false statement that accuses some other person of having committed an offence;
  • (b) Doing anything intended to cause some other person to be suspected of having committed an offence that the other person has not committed or to divert suspicion from himself;
  • (c) Reporting that an offence has been committed when it has not been committed or
  • (d) Reporting or in any other way making it known or causing it to be made known that he or some other person has died when he or that other person has not died.

What Punishments Can One Expect for This Crime?

False accusations are not victimless crimes, which is why those who make them may face criminal charges if caught. According to the Criminal Code, section 140(2), those who commit public mischief can face jail time of up to five years. 

For a Strong Defence, Trust Graham Zoppi!

When someone accuses you of a criminal act, it can be a nerve-racking, unbelievable experience, and unfortunately,  innocent people can go to jail due to false allegations. However, you don’t have to fight the charges on your own. Contact Graham Zoppi Criminal Lawyer, to learn more about defending against false criminal accusations. 

Call RGZ Law at (416) 873-6970 for knowledgeable criminal defence lawyers in Toronto, ON, and surrounding areas!