Can I get into trouble if security camera video and my story don’t match?

I had an incident at a fast food chain on Saturday. I filed a battery report after I left because I was shoved by another customer. I filed the report after I got home several minutes later, my only worry is if what’s on the camera doesn’t match the statement I told the officer can I get in trouble? I felt that I was given a push.

Asked on April 2, 2019 under Criminal Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You would only get in trouble if the evidence is SO different from what you provided that it appears you intentionally or knowingly filed a false report. Examples:
1) The video shows the person did bump into you, but it appears accidental: you believing it was a deliberate push may be wrong, but was reasonable and not a false report.
2) The video shows you were pushed, but there were several people around and you thought it was the wrong person. A reasonable mistake, and again, not a false report.
3) But if the video shows no around you making contact with you at that time, then you could be charged with making a false police report.

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