Perjury is the act in which any person willfully misrepresents their statements or otherwise lies while under oath in a court of law. Perjury must be proven in a court of law beyond a reasonable doubt.
While it can be scary to be charged with perjury, the state must prove that you willfully lied while under oath. Simply misspeaking or failing to recall a series of events accurately should not carry with it a criminal record and prison sentence. Contact an attorney immediately to prepare your defense and ensure your freedom.Miami-Dade County Perjury Crimes Defense Attorney
The state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have done what they are accusing you of. If you have been charged with an offense in the Miami-Dade area, you need a lawyer like Evan Hoffman on your side in order to secure your freedom.
If you have been charged with a perjury offense, call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090, or complete the online form to schedule your free consultation. This firm serves clients located in Miami-Dade County and surrounding areas.
Perjury Crimes under Florida Law
§837.011 of Florida code defines perjury as:
- "Official proceeding” means a proceeding heard, or which may be or is required to be heard, before any legislative, judicial, administrative, or other governmental agency or official authorized to take evidence under oath, including any referee, general or special magistrate, administrative law judge, hearing officer, hearing examiner, commissioner, notary, or other person taking testimony or a deposition in connection with any such proceeding.
- “Oath” includes affirmation or any other form of attestation required or authorized by law by which a person acknowledges that he or she is bound in conscience or law to testify truthfully in an official proceeding or other official matter.
- “Material matter” means any subject, regardless of its admissibility under the rules of evidence, which could affect the course or outcome of the proceeding. Whether a matter is material in a given factual situation is a question of law.
Perjury charges can be defended against. Any person who during that same criminal proceeding recants their prior statements cannot be charged with perjury.
Your lawyer may also be able to argue that the statements that you made were made under duress. They may be able to argue that you had reasonable fear of consequences had you not made the false statements under oath.
Alternatively, if you simply misremembered a sequence of events, it can be argued that you did not intentionally make a false statement during the course of an official proceeding. The state will have to prove rather that you did.
Act immediately; call The Hoffman Firm and defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman at (305) 249-0090. Let him put his knowledge to work for you.
This firm services clients in Miami, North Miami, Palm Beach, and neighboring counties.