Los Angeles Perjury Lawyer
Perjury is a crime wherein a witness willfully and intentionally makes a false statement under oath during a judicial proceeding. During court cases, whether civil or criminal, witnesses are called to testify for either the plaintiff (or prosecution) or the defendant. There is no sure way to tell whether these individuals are slanting their testimonies in order put their own interests forward. In order to obtain a truthful testimony courts put perjury laws in place.
Defend yourself against this serious charge by working with our perjury defense lawyer in Los Angeles. Attorney Joseph Shemaria is certified by California State Bar’s Board of Legal Specialization and provides all our clients with expert defense strategies. Call (310) 953-4004 now.
Perjury Charges in California
Before a person testifies in court for a civil or criminal case, he or she is first sworn under oath to only provide truthful facts pertinent to the issues in question. In order for one to be charged with committing perjury, the false statement must be in regard to a pertinent or material fact in the case. Intentionally telling a lie in testimony under oath is a criminal offense, and so is coercing another to commit perjury.
Penalties for Perjury Convictions
Persons charged with perjury can face penalties and incarceration. Under federal law, a person may be charged with perjury if he or she willfully states or subscribes any material which he or she does not reasonably believe to be true. A defendant who is found guilty of this crime could face up to five years in federal prison as well as significant fines. This crime can be committed in civil as well as criminal cases.
Defend Yourself Against the Prosecution
Some cases of perjury may be used as threats by the prosecution in order to coerce someone to provide information that will be favorable to the government. Threats are often used by the prosecution toward a witness, but the cases of actual prosecutions for perjury are not significant in number. In some cases, a prosecutor may try to set up a witness for a perjury trap wherein the prosecution deliberately calls a grand jury witness for the purpose of gathering information that can later be used to prosecute the witness for perjury.
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If you would like to learn more about perjury, call Shemaria Law Offices today and consult with a qualified Los Angeles perjury defense attorney regarding the laws that may be applicable to your case. We can evaluate your case and help protect your legal rights.
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