HKUSP45C wrote:I don't think it's actually against the law to lie to a cop. Could you please point me to the relevant statute?
PC Â§ 37.08. FALSE REPORT TO PEACE OFFICER OR LAW ENFORCEMENT EMPLOYEE.
(a) A person commits an offense if, with intent to deceive, he knowingly makes a false statement that is material to a criminal investigation and makes the statement to:
(1) a peace officer conducting the investigation; or
(2) any employee of a law enforcement agency that is authorized by the agency to conduct the investigation and that the actor knows is conducting the investigation.
As to why this offense is not prosecuted, I'm not sure. It's difficult to prove in court that someone knowingly made a false statement. It's difficult to offer evidence of someone's mental state (knowledge or intentionality).
However, Martha Stewart is an example of this type of offense being prosecuted as a federal felony. It is prosecuted at the state level when people report theft that did not occur with the intention of getting an insurance claim.
As a more general principle, in Texas, only the most serious crime is prosecuted. For example, a murderer is prosecuted for murder, not for all the lesser offenses that led up to the murder, such as assault and deadly conduct.