California Perjury Laws

perjury in California

Mostly, people do not realize the seriousness of the perjury accusations in California. The crime of lying under oath can lead the convicted to prison. A person, who deliberately lies under taken oath or signs a document containing false allegations, may be punished by imprisonment up to four (4) years in state prison and pay thousands of dollars in fines. That is why if you break the oath and you do not tell the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, it is essential to contact an aggressive and professional California defense attorney who will explain you how you can reduce or dismiss charges.
Below, The Margarian Law Firm lawyers will introduce you the main elements of the California Perjury Laws. In the resources of our site you can find detailed information about different kind of criminal charges in California.

1. Legal Definition of the Perjury in California
2. Elements of the Perjury Crime
3. Punishment of Perjury in California
5. Legal Defenses to California Perjury Accusations

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1. What is Perjury under California Law?
Under California Penal Code 118(a) PC, it is set forth that every person who, having taken an oath before any competent state authority, wilfully makes false statement is guilty of perjury.

It should be noted that the crime of perjury is also constituted if a person is lying in a written document (affidavit or declaration) or in a civil jurisdiction. Moreover, the act of influence or procure someone to commit perjury (also known as “subornation perjury”) is also punishable in California. Some examples of California perjury include (but are not limited to):

  • Lying when you are testifying as a witness,
  • Falsifying the amount of your money in a sworn affidavit in a divorce proceeding,
  • Making false stamens in a driver’s license application or a loan application.

2. What Must the Prosecutor Prove in Order to Convict of Perjury in California?
If the prosecutor establishes the following elements of the crime of perjury in California, the defendant may be convicted of committing the crime:

  • The defendant gave an oath under circumstances stated by the California legislation,
  • The defendant gave false information on purpose after taking an oath,
  • The defendant signed the sworn statement,
  • The defendant reasonably understood what was meant by the question asked him,
  • The false information was material and contained crucial details for the outcome of the case.

3. What Kind of Penalties May I Face for Violating California Perjury Laws?
In California, perjury is a felony offense and it is punishable by imprisonment for two (2), three (3) or four (4) years. Subornation of perjury is punishable in the same manner as the convicted has procured perjury.

4. How Can I Defend Perjury Charges in California?
Your criminal defense attorney experience and professionalism may determine the outcome of the case. That is why it is important to have strong defenses as well as you should get an experienced and aggressive California criminal attorney.
If you or a loved one are accused of California Perjury, it is essential to get aggressive legal representation. There are multiple legal defenses to be used by your attorney in order to reduce or dismiss the charge, including (but are not limited to):

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