Every criminal case relies on one very important factor to reach a fair conclusion: the truth. When people lie while testifying in court or to the police, it can be difficult or even impossible for judges and juries to make reasonable decisions. Lying under oath is also known as perjury. It is a very serious criminal offense due to the threat it poses to the legal system.
In a trial, perjury can be committed by the plaintiff, the defendant, or witnesses. A defendant may be tempted to commit perjury to protect himself or herself from serious penalties. Witnesses may want to protect themselves or a friend, or they may even be pressured to hide the truth by corrupt attorneys. In cases where someone tampers with evidence by using intimidation or bribery to convince a witness to lie, he or she can also be charged with perjury.
Perjury is not always a complete lie. Information from a testimony that is misleading or incomplete is also perjurious. Anytime a person knowingly attempts to deceive and change the outcome of a case, he or she can be charged with perjury. Perjury can be punished severely; if you have been accused of this offense, you need a qualified Milwaukee perjury defense lawyer to protect your rights.
Perjury has no place in the courtroom and a judge has no tolerance for perjury. If you or someone you know has been charged with perjury, contact the Milwaukee criminal lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. at (414) 271-9595 today
Written by Michael Hart & Craig PowellLast Updated : July 15, 2015