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Old 02-12-2005, 08:46 PM
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Lying to the police is certainly a crime, and an easy arrest. I agree, the cops on television could be hooking people left and right (but that wouldn't make for an interesting investigation).

In Washington State (where I work), there are several ways this can occur:
  • Providing False Information while stopped for a traffic violation - Misdemeanor
  • Making a False or Misleading Statement to a Public Servant - Gross Misdemeanor
  • Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer - Gross Misdemeanor
  • False Swearing (lying in writing, if the form is properly constructed) - Gross Misdemeanor
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