What if I got arrested for perjury, what does the prosecution need to prove and what is the punishment?

By: Wallin & Klarich

To prove that the defendant is guilty of perjury in Los Angeles, the People must prove that:

1. The defendant took an oath to testify, declare, or depose truthfully before a competent tribunal or officer under circumstances in which the oath of the State of California lawfully may be given;2. When the defendant testified, declared, or deposed, he willfully stated that the information was true even though he knew it was false;3. The information was material;4. The defendant knew he was making the statement under oath or penalty of perjury;AND5. When the defendant made the false statement, he intended to testify, declare, or depose falsely while under oath or penalty of perjury.

Under Penal Code Section 118, perjury is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three or four years. Under certain circumstances, this conduct can also be charged as a misdemeanor and punishable up to imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or by a fine not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000), or by both that imprisonment and fine for each violation of this section.

If you or a loved one have been accused or charged with this crime, it is very important that you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately, like the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. We have over 30 years of experienced handling this type of matters and can assist you in obtaining the best possible result. Call the law firm of Wallin& Klarich today at, (888) 749-0034 to speak to an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney about your case.

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