What Is The Punishment For Perjury?
– RJ, Texas
Perjury is lying after taking an oath to tell the truth. If you lie in a sworn statement, such as an affidavit that is notarized, the penalty is up to one year in the county jail. If you lie in an official proceeding, such as a trial or hearing, the crime is considered to be aggravated perjury.
If you are convicted of aggravated perjury you could receive anywhere from two years to ten years in prison. The fact you lie about must be material to the case. Material means that it could have changed the outcome of the trial or hearing if you had told the truth.
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