HOUSE BILL NO. 238
INTRODUCED BY T. MANZELLA, S. BERGLEE, B. BROWN, G. DEVRIES, D. DUNN, N. DURAM, F. GARNER, D. SKEES, B. TSCHIDA, B. USHER, S. VINTON
AN ACT REVISING LAWS REGARDING PENALTIES FOR FALSELY REPORTING CRIMES; AND AMENDING SECTION 45-7-205, MCA.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MONTANA:
"45-7-205. False reports to law enforcement authorities peace officers. (1) A person commits an offense under this section if the person knowingly:
(a) gives false information to any law enforcement peace officer with the purpose to implicate another;
(b) reports to law enforcement authorities a peace officer an offense or other incident within their the officer's concern knowing that it did not occur; or
(c) pretends to furnish law enforcement authorities a peace officer with information relating to an offense or incident when the person knows that the person has no information relating to the offense or incident.
(2) A person convicted under this section shall shall be fined not to exceed $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for any term not to exceed 6 months, or both:
(a) if the crime falsely reported was a misdemeanor, sentenced to not more than 6 months in the county jail or fined not more than $500, or both; or
(b) if the crime falsely reported was a felony, sentenced to not more than 4 years in the state prison or fined not more than $10,000, or both."
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