• Wake County Criminal Defense | Perjury Under Oath
  • August 8, 2013 | Author: Malcolm M. Matheson
  • Law Firm: Matheson Law Office, PLLC - Raleigh Office
  • The Law takes a firm offense to perjury or any form of corruption that falsifies justice.  Case law defines this offense to be when any person shall willfully and corruptly commit perjury, on his oath or affirmation, in any suit, controversy, matter or cause, depending in any of the courts of the State, or any deposition or affidavit take pursuant to law, or in any oath or affirmation duly administered of or concerning any matter or thing whereof such person is lawfully required to be sworn or affirmed.  Any Raleigh DUI Attorney will tell his potential clients that every person so offending shall be punished as a Class F Felon.  To commit this offense, the defendant must know that the statement is false and must make the statement intentionally. 

    It’s very important to understand that perjury can be applied to both oral and written statements.  Statements of Qualification such as “I don’t think so” or “I don’t recall saying that” do not prevent testimony from being considered perjury.  As a Holly Springs DWI Attorney, I always instruct my clients to be truthful and ethical in all aspects of the legal process.  But how does one become convicted of a perjury charge?  To establish perjury, the falsity of the statement must be proved by the testimony of two witnesses or by one witness and other corroborating testimony.  Finally to constitute perjury, the false statement must bear directly on a matter at issue in the proceedings.

    Perjury can arise from many different avenues.  Simply by making a false accusation during a witness testimony can not only serve as perjury, but also leave the wrongly accused in an unethical position.  Many government employees are asked to give a truthful testimony of past criminal history or any other illegal activities that he or she may have engaged in, all under the sworn oath.  We are asked to give an oral or written statement under oath to protect the justice within our justice system and to protect the trust that is placed thereof.  This is an offense that will continue to reach headlines in all aspects of society.  Whether the accusations be made in sports, or in the legal matters of a murder trial, Perjury is a very serious offense and its punishment could affect the life of any individual who decides to commit it under false circumstances.  Please be sure to contact your local Criminal Lawyer  Raleigh at the Matheson Law Office, Pllc. for the best quality representation for whatever criminal matters you are charged with and for a free consultation. 

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