Perjury Defense Lawyer in Fresno
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In the state of California, it is a crime to deliberately give false information while under oath. Known legally as “perjury,” attesting to any essential fact you know to be false while under oath, whether verbally or in writing, can expose a defendant to serious criminal consequences upon conviction. If you have been accused of lying under oath, it is imperative you contact a powerful Fresno criminal defense lawyer from Wapner Jones, PC as soon as possible to protect your future and freedom. Backed by a perfect 10.0 “Superb” Avvo Rating and more than 55 years of combined legal experience, our hard-hitting advocates have what it takes to contest your charges and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case.
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What Is Considered Perjury?
The crime of perjury is defined as the willful giving of incomplete, misleading or false testimony while under oath. This generally occurs in the context of a court proceeding or trial.
The elements of perjury in California include:
- Intent: The individual must be deliberately lying (accidental false testimony does not count); and
- Relevance: The misleading or false testimony given under oath must directly affect the outcome. If someone lies about immaterial information, that would not be considered perjury.
If a document expressly states "under penalty of perjury", then falsifying information on the document can also be charged as perjury. In many cases, a person is subject to prosecution for perjury for knowingly lying while testifying in court, when being deposed, when submitting a signed affidavit or declaration, while applying for a driver’s license, or while submitting certain other signed certificates.
If convicted of perjury, you could face the following penalties:
- A felony criminal record
- Up to four years in state prison
Contact Our Perjury Defense Attorneys
While California takes perjury extremely seriously, these cases often involve a substantial amount of gray area and can be difficult for prosecutors to prove. At Wapner Jones, PC, our Fresno criminal attorneys have the skills, knowledge and professional representation to guide you through the legal process and ensure your rights are protected from beginning to end. If you have questions regarding a perjury charge, or any other criminal case or investigation, do not hesitate to contact our office today to discuss your situation in detail.
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