Filing a False Document charges in Rhode Island
Under Rhode Island criminal law, Filing a False Document may be found under Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-18-1.
The offense makes it unlawful to knowingly give to any agent, employee, servant in public or private employment, or public official any receipt, account, or other document which contains any statement which is false or erroneous, or defective in any important particular and is intended to mislead the other person.
Legal elements of filing a false document
In order to be convicted of Filing a False Document, there must exist strong evidence of the following legal elements:
- (1) that the defendant knowingly gave to a agent, employee, servant in public or private employ, or public official, a receipt, account or other document;
- (2) that the person to whom the receipt, account or document had an interest in that receipt, account or document;
- (3) that the receipt, account or document contained a false, defective or erroneous statement;
- (4) that the false or erroneous statement related to an important particular; and
- (5) that the defendant knew that the false, defective or erroneous statement would mislead the person to whom it was given.
Potential punishment if convicted of filing a false document
Under Rhode Island criminal law, a conviction for Filing a False Document is a misdemeanor for which a convicted offender faces up to one year in jail or fined not more than $1,000. This penalty may be found at Rhode Island General Laws, Section 11-18-1.
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