Under Texas law , for example, you can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor for failing to report an offense that resulted in serious bodily injury or death. Gratuitously reports to a law enforcement officer or agency (a) the alleged occurrence of an offense or incident which did not in fact occur; or (b) an allegedly impending occurrence of an offense or incident which in fact is not about to occur; or (c) false information relating to an actual offense or incident or to the alleged implication of some person therein; or. Witnessing and Ignoring a Crime: No General Duty to Report or Get Involved As a general rule, members of the public are not legally required to intervene when they witness a crime, nor must they report it to the police. Anyone who is mandated to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment - and fails to do so - could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and subject to criminal penalties. New York State Penal Law Offenses (columns sortable) * Guide only contains CRIMINAL … Crimes NOT In Progress.

Depending on where the crime occurred, you may report the crime to agencies such as the MTA police, NY State Police, or Port Authority Police, if the location of the crime falls within their respective jurisdictions. Penalties for Failure to Report. Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) The majority of agencies in New York State use Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). UCR tallies offenses reported and arrests made by law enforcement each month. In most states failure to report isn't illegal, but a small minority of states have enacted laws punishing individuals who fail to report certain types of crimes to the authorities. Failure to fulfill this legal duty to report, or impeding someone from doing so is a crime in itself and may be charged as a misdemeanor. Otherwise, contact your local precinct as soon as possible, to file a complaint report. If you are convicted of failure to fulfill a legal duty as a mandatory reporter, you can be fined up to $1,000 and/or sentenced to serve up to six months in jail. It requires that offenses be classified and only the most serious one in each crime …