Lying usually doesn’t land you in legal trouble.
However, if you lie under oath in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, you may certainly find yourself in a lot more trouble than you probably ever anticipated.
If you or someone you know is facing perjury charges in Oklahoma, contact an experienced Tahlequah attorney today.
Defining Perjury Charges In Oklahoma
Oklahoma law, which governs the felony of perjury, provides that “whoever, in a trial, hearing, investigation, deposition, certification or declaration…makes…a statement under oath, affirmation or other legally binding assertion that the statement is true, when in fact the witness or declarant does not believe that the statement is true…is guilty of perjury” Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 491
Under this definition, anyone who lies under oath would have perjured himself.
Defenses To Perjury Charges In Oklahoma
Although anyone who lies under oath is subject to face perjury charges in Oklahoma, they may also defend themselves on the grounds that the statement was, in fact, not false.
They may also assert that they made the statement under the impression that the statement was true. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 499
Penalties For Perjury
The penalties assigned for perjury in Tahlequah are dependent on where the defendant allegedly perjured himself. The crime is a felony in Tahlequah.
You could spend 2 to 20 years in prison for perjury in front of a grand jury.
Perjury before an Oklahoma court of justice may result in between 1 and 10 years in prison.
Perjury under any other circumstance may lead to five years in prison. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 500
Free Consultation: Tahlequah Perjury Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one has been charged with perjury in Tahlequah, call Wirth Law Office – Tahlequah at 918-458-2677.
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