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Is Failing to Provide Information False Informing?


The importance of always exercising your right to remain silent when dealing with law enforcement officers was proven once again in a recent Indiana case which held that a false informing conviction may not be based upon failing to provide information to the police.

In Connor v. State, a police officer investigating an alleged attack by a pit bull went to a house to look for the dog and talked to the defendant. Although the dog was in a garage at that location, the defendant did not inform the officer of this fact. The defendant was charged with false informing which prohibits giving false information in the official investigation of a crime knowing the information to be false. The Court of Appeals reversed the conviction because the defendant never told the officer anything about the dog’s location. Therefore, the defendant did not give any information, let alone false information.

With over 35 years of handling thousands of criminal cases, Steven Knecht is familiar with the possible defenses to criminal charges. Few other attorney can match his trial experience and knowledge of criminal law and he can use that experience and knowledge to benefit you. If you find yourself having been arrested, you should immediately hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer that you can trust such as Steven Knecht to help you fight the State because you have a lot at stake on the outcome.

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