Perjury is defined by California Penal Code 118 PC as the act of deliberately providing false information while under oath.
Specifically, the section states:
“Every person who, having taken an oath that he or she will testify…before any competent tribunal, officer, or person, in any of the cases in which the oath may by law of the State of California be administered, willfully and contrary to the oath, states as true any material matter which he or she knows to be false…is guilty of perjury.”
Perjury is a felony in California, and a conviction of this crime is punishable by state imprisonment for up to four years or felony probation. Legal defenses, among others, for the crime of perjury include that the person reasonably believed his or her statement/s to be true, and that the person was not under oath at the time.
If you are facing perjury charges, contact the law office of H. Charles Gorian. We have experience in dealing with these charges and we are prepared to battle for your legal rights. Our law firm has helped men and women throughout Riverside County, San Bernardino County, and San Diego County, and we may be able to help you.
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