What if someone makes a false complaint?

People who intentionally make false complaints or allegations against police violate Chapter 37 of the Texas Penal Code. Texas law provides punishment for an individual adjudged guilty of committing an offense if, with intent to deceive and knowledge of the statements meaning, he / she makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made; and, the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath.

A person who commits an offense under this section can be charged with offenses ranging from a Class B Misdemeanor to a Felony of the Third Degree. Punishments can range from confinement of 180 days in jail to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine not to exceed $10,000.

This information is not intended to intimidate the complainant or any witness, but is provided to avoid retaliation against police officers or departmental staff.

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1. How to make a complaint?
2. Can an officer appeal a decision?
3. What happens when a complaint is found to be true?
4. What happens if the complaint is NOT true?
5. What if someone makes a false complaint?
6. What if you are not satisfied with the decision?