When an investigating police officer knowingly, or inadvertently violates the law, it compromises the investigation and the case. When evidence is gathered illegally, even if it proves that a person is guilty of committing a crime, it cannot be used in court.Why do police officers break the law?
Police officers break the law for the same reasons other humans break the law: Police are pulled from the same available pool as doctors, priests, bankers, housewives, factory laborers, school teachers, computer programmers, custodians, astronauts, etc., etc., etc.... Because they can.What are the punishments for breaking the law?
If you are convicted of a crime, there are a wide range of punishments you could face. You could face a combination of punishments, including incarceration (jail time), probation, and fines. Probably the best known punishment for breaking the law is being locked up in a jail.Is lying to a police officer against the law?
Lying to a Police Officer occurs when a person knowingly provides a false statement to a law enforcement officer. If the police investigation is of a potential misdemeanor or regular felony charge, then the lie is a misdemeanor. If the police investigation is for a missing person, then the lie is a misdemeanor.