If I lied and said I was the driver during a traffic incident and was ticketed and am now going to fight the ticket in court, will I get in trouble for admitting to lying?

I was trying to help the actual driver.

Asked on February 26, 2015 under Accident Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes. Lying on report to the police is a crime. Lying in regards to an insurance claim is also a crime as well as a civil tort, or wrong, for which you can be sued. Speak with an attorney in detail about the situation, but it may well be that you are better off accepting the ticket rather than opening up this can of worms.

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