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Perjury, also known as lying under oath, is corruptly taking a false oath during a judicial proceeding. A person who commits perjury takes an oath to tell the truth but willfully and deliberately lies in a courtroom proceeding. The false statement(s) can affect the outcome of the case. Perjury is a very serious crime and is difficult to prove.
If a person purposefully lies under oath during a court proceeding, he/she commits perjury. If a fact provided by one witness contradicts another witness' testimony, it does not mean one witness is committing perjury. This is because some contradictions are a result of a person's perception of the evidence or their memory of the events. Perjury is regarded as a white collar crime and could be prosecuted at the State or Federal level. An individual convicted of committing perjury may face punishment which includes monetary fines, a prison sentence or house arrest. All these penalties may take away your personal freedom and destroy your personal life and career.
If you have been charged with perjury, seeking legal advice from an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help preserve your rights and protect your future. Contacting a criminal lawyer can relieve you of formal criminal charges. A perjury criminal defense lawyer can help you get rid of perjury charges and the heavy penalties attached to committing this type of white collar crime.
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