The crime of False Report of a Felony is a serious felony offense. A person who intentionally makes a false report of the commission of a crime, or intentionally causes a false report of the commission of a crime to be made, to a police officer, police agency, or any other governmental employee who is authorized to receive reports of a crime, knowing the report is false, is guilty of a felony crime. It is a defense to this charge that the person reporting the crime actually believed that a crime occurred.
The crime of False Report of a Felony is punishable by up to 4 years in prison. A typical sentence in Washtenaw County will be 2-3 years of supervised probation with either 1 month in jail or jail work program and community service and extensive fines. A person convicted of this felony offense will also lose the right to vote, the right to possess and use firearms, the right to serve on a jury, the ability to obtain certain professional licenses and obtain quality employment, the ability to obtain certain types of travel visas, and may be deported from the country.