Perjury occurs when an individual lies or makes verifiably false statements while under oath. Although perjury most commonly occurs within a courtroom setting, there are other instances in which an individual can be charged with perjury. Specifically, a false report to a law enforcement authority or providing false information to a law enforcement agent during an investigation can both be considered forms of perjury, and are punishable by law.
To further complicate matters, many states have various levels of perjury, some considered misdemeanors, and others considered felonies. The determining factor in these cases usually being the importance of the testimony in question. The Colorado Criminal Defense Law Firm has experience dealing with perjury cases and representing our client’s best interests insuring the best possible result.
Lying on an official document, like an application or form, can also be considered perjury. Despite the fact that these types of perjury do not occur within a court setting, in certain instances, like lying on an application to carry a handgun or on a sexual offender registration form, the charges can be elevated to a felony. Variables like this add to the intricacies of perjury law and they are best navigated by one of the experienced Colorado Perjury Defense Law Firm of H. Michael Steinberg.
Perjury is widely regarded as a ‘white collar crime’. White collar crimes may be prosecuted at the State or Federal level, depending upon the crime that the defendant has been accused of. If an individual is convicted of committing a white collar crime or business crime their punishment may consist of monetary fines, a prison sentence, or house arrest. These enormous penalties take away your personal freedom and can often destroy your reputation as a respected business person.
If you or a loved one has been accused of perjury in Colorado, contact H. Michel Steinberg today for a free consultation. 303-627-7777 or go his website .