Perjury is lying under oath under a number of different circumstances, particularly in court and in documents pertaining to a criminal case, and even in civil cases. The penalty when convicted of federal perjury is serious prison time and a significant fine.
If you, a family member, or someone you love is charged with perjury, it is in your and their best interest to consult with an experienced attorney who is versed in perjury law to ensure that your Constitutional rights are protected.
A criminal attorney can explain the nuances of the particular perjury charge and the criminal justice system you are about to enter. The attorney can weight the strength of both the government’s case and your defense and recommend how best to proceed.
If you choose to strike a deal with the prosecution, your attorney will serve as your negotiator to secure the best possible arrangement to reduce your sentence and fine. But your attorney cannot force you to enter into a deal with the government. If you choose to fight the charge, your attorney will develop your defense strategy.
Your attorney is dedicated to defending you. He or she can review the evidence against you and make legal judgments on the strength or weaknesses of the government’s case.
Your attorney also can conduct an investigation on your behalf to develop mitigating factors that the government has not developed, and perhaps uncover evidence and witnesses in your favor.
At trial, your attorney will aggressively challenge the admissibility of the government’s evidence and the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses.
Criminal court procedures are as important as the evidence to be presented and your attorney will make various motions during trial and make objections during the prosecution’s presentation. The results may prove beneficial to you on appeal should you be convicted.
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