Perjury Laws

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What Is Perjury?

Perjury, or lying under oath, is the crime of lying after giving an oath or affirmation promising to tell the truth to a notary public, court clerk, or other official. The act of perjury usually has to be intentional, and some states require the perjury to be "material" to the case at hand.

Perjury may be in the form of:

Subornation of perjury is the act of encouraging or assisting perjury, and is also considered a crime.

What Are the Consequences of Perjury?

If you are found guilty of perjury, a court may impose any or all of the following sentences:

Seeking Legal Help

If you are accused of perjury you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the complicated legal system.

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Last Modified: 06-05-2014 12:41 PM PDT

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