This crime is where a police officer asks you for information regarding a violent crime you just witnessed, and you refuse to give the suspect’s name, address, or date of birth (if known). You are obligated by law to give the law enforcement officer the information he or she needs if the officer reasonably suspects an offense of violence constitutes a felony in Ohio. This law pertains to witnesses of a crime that occurs in a public place.
However, nothing more than the above need be given to law enforcement. The person asked does not need to describe the crime in detail and can rely only the information above. Also, if the age of the suspect is not an element to the suspected crime, then the person need not give the date of birth or age.
This crime is punishable by a fourth-degree misdemeanor.
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