California Perjury Law
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While California law treats perjury cases very seriously, a few perjury
cases are completely straightforward. Not only is it difficult for the
prosecutor to prove perjury, but people often get wrongly accused.
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Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys have a combined 30 years of experience helping those accused of
white collar crimes, including perjury. We can thoroughly review your case and determine all
of the possible legal options available to you in order to either get
the entire case dismissed or your charges reduced.
Proving Perjury in California
The legal definition of perjury is broken down into the following four
elements which the prosecution needs to prove:
- You made a purposeful or willful statement.
- You knew the statement was false.
- You were under oath to tell the truth at the time you made the statement.
- The statement was (or related to) a “material” fact, meaning
that it was used to affect the outcome of the proceeding in which it was
made or had the probability of influencing the outcome of the proceeding
for which it was made.
You can be convicted for perjury if you willfully provide false information
in any of the following circumstances:
- When testifying in court
- When being deposed
- In a signed declaration
- In a signed affidavit
- In a signed certificate
- In a DL 44 driver’s license application at the DMV
Perjury is considered a felony. The judge has the discretion to sentence
someone guilty of perjury to either a maximum prison sentence of four
years or a felony probation sentence with up to one year in county jail.
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If, at the time you made your statement, you honestly or justifiably believed
it to be the facts, then you did not commit perjury, despite the statement
being false. This is because you wouldn’t be “willfully”
making a false statement, which is one of the most important elements
of a perjury case. Do not risk facing these serious charges without experienced
legal assistance from our Santa Barbara criminal defense attorneys today.
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free criminal consultation today.