Milwaukee Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Lawyers

Law dramas often throw around buzz words like “perjury” or “obstruction of justice” while in the courtroom. While this heightens the drama and intensity of a program, few people understand the implication of these legal concepts in real life. Perjury and obstruction of justice are serious crimes and result in serious consequences. If you have been convicted of one or both, you already understand the implications of your situation.

However, you don’t necessarily have to accept the result of your trial. You might be able to fight back against your conviction by filing an appeal. People are often intimidated by the appeals process because it can be complicated and time-consuming. After being on the end of a losing fight, many people don’t want to continue battling it out in the legal arena. Yet, an appeal may be the means to secure your freedom and potentially reverse some of the damage done by a perjury or obstruction conviction.

The Milwaukee criminal appeals lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. understand how important your future is to you. We pride ourselves on helping clients convicted of perjury and obstruction charges fight back. Can we guarantee you will receive a favorable outcome? No, no one can do that. We can promise you that we will never stop fighting for you, and we will work tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome.

For a consultation, contact our office by calling (414) 271-9595. Let’s work together to mount a compelling appeals strategy.

Do I Need a Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Appeals Attorney?

Are you fully prepared to serve time and pay fines for a perjury or obstruction of justice conviction? Are you ready to have your life upended to serve your sentence? If the answer is no, then contact an experienced appeals attorney immediately. The law gives you the right to appeal your conviction, exercise your rights and fight back.

You may have lost your case for a variety of reasons. You may not have had adequate representation. Maybe your rights were violated, or a crucial piece of evidence was tampered with before trial. To overturn a conviction, you need a detail-oriented defense attorney skilled at navigating the appeal process. The attorneys with Hart Powell, S.C. have spent decades helping clients like you mount successful appeals. We know how complicated the process can get, and we are ready to stand beside you every step of the way.

What Are Perjury and Obstruction of Justice?

Perjury and obstruction of justice charges are often lumped together. It can be challenging to discern the characteristics of each. A person can be convicted of perjury when a judge or jury believes that the individual made a false statement under oath. Perjury isn’t the act of lying. It is the act of lying while a person is under oath and compelled to tell the truth. Perjury can be verbal or written. Some documents that require a signature stipulate that lying on the form can be construed as perjury.

To prove perjury, there needs to be compelling evidence that a person:

  • Knowingly made false statements under oath
  • Signed a document knowing that it included lies or false statements
  • Made false statements to the court while under oath
  • Willing lied or concealed information

Obstruction of justice is not the same as perjury. Obstruction of justice involves a person committing a corrupt act or issuing a threat to influence the decision of a court. Obstruction of justice can also happen when an individual uses corruption or threats to delay the legal process.

To prove obstruction of justice, there must be evidence that demonstrates:

  • An individual tampered with or hid evidence
  • Threats were made to a judge, jury members, a witness, or other legal or court officials
  • Payments were made to others to entice them into giving false statements or testimony

A conviction for perjury can result in steep fines and prison time. A conviction for perjury or obstruction of justice can also tarnish an individual’s personal and professional reputation.

Strategies for Appealing a Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Conviction

There are strategies for appealing perjury and obstruction of justice convictions. First, a skilled defense attorney needs to be able to review your situation. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to overturning a conviction. It takes a careful and detailed review of the circumstances of an individual’s unique case.

At Hart Powell, S.C., we go through your case with a fine-toothed comb looking for discrepancies, missing details, misconduct, and potential legal violations. When we find holes in a case, we can begin collecting evidence that highlights the errors made. Some common reasons for filing perjury or obstruction of justice appeals include:

  • Issues were found with the ruling a judge made in the case
  • There were potential problems with the admissibility of testimony from witnesses
  • Your rights were violated by law enforcement or officials
  • Prosecutor misconduct
  • Juror misconduct
  • Evidence may not have been gathered legally
  • Previous defense counsel was ineffective or deficient

The legal system is complicated and several things can potentially go wrong. We thoroughly examine all avenues that may provide a more favorable outcome to your situation.

Contact a Skilled Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Appeals Attorney Today

You can sit back and watch your fate come rushing at you, or you can take a stand and battle back against perjury or obstruction of justice convictions. At Hart Powell, S.C., we believe that you deserve effective and aggressive representation. Our team of defense attorneys understands what it takes to mount a strong appeal. We use our knowledge of the legal system and our resources to build a compelling appeal that gives you the best opportunity of achieving a more favorable outcome.

If you have been convicted of perjury or obstruction of justice, you may be feeling alone. You may even feel like the system has failed you. Don’t give up on yourself or your freedom. Contact a seasoned appeals attorney with Hart Powell, S.C. for help. Reach out to our office at (414) 271-9595 to set up a consultation. We want to talk to you about your case and how we may be able to help.

Written by Michael Hart & Craig Powell

Last Updated : March 14, 2022