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|Posted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 7:11 am Post subject: What are Perjury Charges?
|Perjury charges are accusations brought against a person for knowingly making false statements after taking an oath to tell the truth. As a general rule, these charges are filed regarding a civil or criminal case in which the false statements materially impacted the investigation or the case at hand. The act of perjury is criminal in nature and is usually considered a felony. If charges of perjury are proven, the defendant may face hefty fines. The defendant may also be sentenced to serious prison time — up to 15 or more years in some cases.
In order to prove perjury charges, the prosecution usually needs to show that the defendant gave a false statement under oath. In addition, the prosecution must also demonstrate that the defendant knew the statement was false. Typically, the defendant must have lied about an issue that was material to the case. If a witness to a murder case lied about his or her birth date, for example, perjury would not have been committed because the birth date would have nothing to do with the murder. On the other hand, if the witness lied about finding the murder weapon, perjury may have been committed.
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