Throughout the course of civilization's history, individuals have found themselves faced with the question of whether to confess a damning or inconvenient piece of information or to instead lie or otherwise misrepresent the truth. Expressions such as "honesty is the best policy" and "the truth shall set you free" emphasize the importance that society places on choosing to face an unpleasant honesty rather than deception. Because witness testimony is an essential element of the consideration of a case, in the criminal justice system there is no tolerance for lies or other intentional distortions, and anyone who chooses to engage in such an activity may face criminal charges.
If you have a pending legal matter or have been accused of having perjured yourself while testifying in another proceeding, you should seek the advice of an experienced legal professional. Contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 to begin working with an attorney who has been committed to helping people in similar situations for more than two decades.
In any official legal proceeding, it is expected that the participants will be honest, if not exactly forthcoming. When someone engages in intentional deception, this is known as perjury. If the false testimony given does not affect the outcome of the case then the perjurer is subject to a Class A misdemeanor charge. If the false testimony, on the other hand, does influence the outcome, it is considered "material" pursuant to Texas Penal Code Section 37.04, and therefore the offense is deemed Aggravated Perjury. This is a felony of the third degree and has the following possible penalties attached:
We can help you to set the record straight if there have been misunderstanding about testimony that you have rendered under oath. Contact Austin criminal lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 for more information.