Arizona’s Perjury Laws: A.R.S. 13-2702

Perjury is a felony.

Arizona’s Perjury Laws

Both federally and within the state of Arizona, telling the “whole truth” is a foundational component of our legal system. Making false statements is considered perjury and is punishable by law.

According to A.R.S. 13-2702, a person commits perjury by either:

  • Making a false sworn statement in regard to a material issue, believing it to be false.
  • Making a false unsworn declaration, certificate, verification, or statement in regard to a material issue that the person subscribes as true under penalty of perjury, believing it to be false.

Perjury only applies to material issues. An issue is not considered material if it does not impact the outcome of a proceeding in a case. As such, lying about issues that are not material will not result in a perjury conviction.

Perjury is a class 4 felony, for which first-time offenders can be incarcerated for up to 3.75 years.



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