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What Happens if You Lie Under Oath?

What Happens if You Lie Under Oath?

We all know that if we are put under oath in a legal proceeding, we are supposed to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” But what if you lie anyways? Does it really matter? Yes, it does. Not only does your lie have an affect on whatever proceeding you are testifying for, but you could be charged with perjury.

What is Perjury?

Perjury simply means “lying under oath,” but committing perjury is a criminal offense in Indiana. If you make a statement under oath that you know, or even believe, to be false, you can be charged. Perjury can also be alleged when a person makes two inconsistent material statements. For example, if you make two statements and both cannot be true, you can be charged with perjury. In fact, those two inconsistent statements are all the prosecutor needs to prove perjury beyond a reasonable doubt.

Punishment for Perjury

Perjury is a Level 6 felony in Indiana. Level 6 felonies are punishable by imprisonment for 6 months to 2 ½ years. You may also be fined up to $10,000. A felony conviction in and of itself can also impact your daily life. It could cause problems with finding employment and housing.

Committing perjury is not worth the risk. If you are under oath, remember to “tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.”

If you have been charged with committing perjury, contact McNeelyLaw LLP today. Call us at 317-825-5110 to talk with an experienced Indiana criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate your case.

This McNeelyLaw LLP publication should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion of any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own lawyer on any specific legal questions you may have concerning your situation.

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