If Smollett falsified a police report, the charge is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, and carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison https://t.co/aDthuLlb49— Variety (@Variety) February 20, 2019
He is facing prison time and the implosion of his career if it turns out he lied about being the target of a hate crime, legal and public relations experts say :
• If he falsified a police report, the charge is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, and carries a potential sentence of one to three years in prison.
• He could also be ordered to pay restitution to compensate for the cost of the CPD investigation.
• Should that letter turn out to be fake, federal prosecutors could also pursue a mail fraud charge.
• He could get probation, assuming that he has a clean record. Prosecutors may face pressure not to be lenient.
• Prosecutors could also file a charge of obstruction of justice.
• He would be allowed to plead to a misdemeanor, and not serve jail time.
• His lawyers may be having a psychiatrist examine the guy so they could prepare some kind of psychiatric defense.
• He may see endorsement opportunities and roles dry up if he is found to have been untruthful.
• He will need to demonstrate that he’s learned a lesson.
• Apologize to the people who have supported him, promise to make it up, and find a cause that’s near and dear to his heart and devote himself to it.
• If he did fabricate the attack, he needs to be more proactive.
• He needs to go see the police. He needs to apologize.
• He needs to make the announcement about what happened instead of letting the facts leak out.