People v. MurphyAnnotate this Case
Defendant submitted a false report to a deputy sheriff, stating that her vehicle had been stolen. At issue was whether defendant's felony conviction under a general statute governing the offering of a false instrument for filing in a public office was precluded by special statutes in the Vehicle Code that made it a misdemeanor to make or file a false report of vehicle theft or to file a false statement with the Department of Motor Vehicles. The court held that the Legislature intended that defendant's conduct be prosecuted as a misdemeanor under Vehicle Code section 10501 and not under the more general statute. Thus, the court reversed the district court's judgment.