How is Perjury Proven?

How to prove perjury.

How is Perjury Proven?

Perjury is the crime of making a false statement, whether sworn or unsworn, in regard to a material issue of a case that directly affects a case’s proceedings. Perjury is a class 4 felony, which can result in incarceration of up to 3.75 years for first-time offenders.

While perjury is a serious crime, it can be difficult to prove. To be convicted of perjury, it must be shown in court that the offender deliberately made a false statement that they knew was false in order to impact a judge, jury, or similar and affect a case’s material issue. This prevents people being convicted of this crime due to misunderstandings or memory lapses.

In order to prove perjury, the prosecution may present documentation or evidence showing how the statement was false and should have been known to be false by the offender. This could be paystubs to prove a false statement regarding income, or texts sent by the offender discussing false testimony or methods of misleading the court.

On the other hand, defenses to perjury can include showing that the offender believed their statement to be true or that the false statement made was not regarding a material issue that would reasonably impact the case or any of its proceedings.



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