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NSW Criminal Offence to Make False Domestic Violence Claims to Police?

Discussion in 'Criminal Law Forum' started by Steve500, 27 May 2015.

  1. Steve500

    Steve500 Well-Known Member

    10 March 2015
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    Generally speaking is it a criminal offence to lie to Police about someone or make a false abuse claim against someone? e.g. In domestic violence disputes if say husband/wife or family members have a verbal argument, and 1 party makes a false/or exaggerated claim of abuse e.g. for financial gain, is making false abuse claims a criminal offence in the crimes Act. I thought It would be, and does it carry jail time?
    I'd also imagine the one who suffers false abuse claims, could also file a civil suit of defamation against the party who lied about them.
  2. Do I need a Lawyer

    Do I need a Lawyer Well-Known Member

    21 January 2015
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    Yes it is an offence to lie to the police in relation to a complaint. Exaggeration happens all the time and is not necessarily an offence.

    Defamation is a separate issue. Generally speaking a false complaint to the police would not lead to a defamation action.

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