Perjury is the crime of lying about or hiding important information while under oath or otherwise sworn to tell the truth. This can include information provided in tax returns or other legal documents. If found guilty of perjury, you may face a maximum state prison sentence of 4 years, fines, community service, and more.

Fortunately, a qualified criminal defense attorney with experience in defending perjury charges may be able to prove that you did not knowingly lie or omit facts. A valid defense may be that you misunderstood something or made a mistake. Your attorney may also be able to use the defense that relaying information can be very subjective and is dependent upon the memory and views of the person communicating the information, particularly in a witness testimony.

Types of Perjury

False or incomplete information can easily be committed unwillingly or unintentionally on paperwork such as tax returns or loan applications. Even in the court room, a person may misunderstand a question or have an unclear memory on a certain situation that makes a statement not entirely true in the court’s eyes.

For a charge to actually qualify as perjury, the person must have knowingly and willingly lied or omitted information. If we work with you on your case, attorney Joan Stephens will do her utmost to prove your innocence or a lack of evidence on the prosecution’s side.