Just like with filing a false police report, intentionally making a false report of a medical emergency knowing that it is false is a crime with severe consequences. A person is guilty of this offense by:
- Intentionally making or intentionally causing to be made a false report of a medical emergency
- That false report was made to a peace officer, police agency of state or local government, firefighter or fire department of state or local government, 911 operator, medical first responder, or any governmental employee or contractor or employee of a contractor who is authorized to receive such reports of medical or other emergencies.
Is Filing a False Medical Emergency a Misdemeanor or Felony?
Similar to filing a false police report, it depends on if anyone was injured, suffered a serious bodily impairment, or was killed. If none of those occurred, that person is guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by up 93 days in jail and/or a $500 fine. If someone suffers physical injury as the proximate cause of lawful conduct in response to that false report, that person is guilty of a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine. If someone suffers a serious impairment of a bodily function as the proximate cause of lawful conduct in response to that false report, that person is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine. If someone dies as a proximate cause of lawful conduct in response to that false report, that person is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of at least $25,000 but no more than $50,000.
Making a Bomb Threat: Is it a Misdemeanor or Felony?
If someone falsely reports or threatens to falsely report an explosive or incendiary device (bomb threat) or that there are harmful substances in someone’s food (poisoning) that person is guilty of a felony. A first offense is punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine. Second and subsequent offenses are punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
Reimbursing Police and Medical Response Costs
Anyone found guilty of filing a false report of a medical emergency or making a bomb threat may be ordered to reimburse the state or local government the costs of responding to the false report or threat. This includes but is not limited to use of police, fire, medical, and other emergency response vehicles and teams. If a juvenile is convicted of this offense under the family division of the circuit court, the parents may be ordered to pay any reimbursement costs that the juvenile is unable to pay. The juvenile’s obligation will be offset by any amount the parent pays on the juvenile’s behalf. If this imposes a hardship on the parent and/or juvenile, the court can be petitioned to modify or cancel any portion of the amount owed or order installments.
Lansing Michigan Bomb Threat Defense Attorney
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