It is possible for otherwise law-abiding citizens of Maryland to wind up in serious trouble for committing perjury. It's a federal crime to give false information to Congress, federal agencies and the courts.
It can be possible to unwittingly stumble into a perjury charge if it's believed that you purposely misled a person or investigation when you actually were unaware of the truth. But just what does a perjury charge entail?
Different categories of perjury
In order to arrive at the truth, investigators and federal agencies require truthful information. Under Section 1001, Title 18, of the U. S. Code, false statements are prohibited when providing information to federal authorities.
Below are the types of perjury that can land you in hot water:
- Making false statements
- Lying under oath
- Subornation of perjury
All of the above include testifying falsely to grand juries, in court proceedings and in administrative matters. Subornation of perjury involves someone encouraging or allowing another person to commit perjury.
Perjury punishments can include jail terms of five years or less. It is possible to face a longer sentence for federal sex offenses or terrorism.
The same penalties apply for those convicted of conspiracy to commit perjury even if that action is never carried out. Those people who are convicted of perjury could also be candidates for enhanced sentencing under the federal sentencing guidelines.
If you are facing federal perjury charges, the time to act is now. Talking with an experienced attorney and taking charge of your criminal defense can reduce the likelihood of a conviction on your charges.