Subornation of Perjury
Perjury Defense Attorney — Houston, Galveston, League City, Texas
Perjury is a criminal offense under Texas Penal Code Chapter 37. Speaking in general terms, perjury is knowingly or willfully making a false statement under oath. The severity of a perjury charge can range from a class A misdemeanor to a third-degree felony. Procuring another party to commit perjury is called "subornation of perjury" and is also subject to serious criminal charges. If you have been accused of perjury, aggravated perjury or subornation of perjury, seek experienced criminal defense experience immediately.
At Tad Nelson & Associates in League City, we represent people in Houston, Galveston County and throughout Texas who are facing perjury charges. The consequences of conviction for perjury are severe. If you have been charged with or suspect that you are under investigation for perjury, it is critical to contact us at (281) 280-0100 today to consult with a knowledgeable Houston criminal defense lawyer.
What Is Subornation of Perjury?
While many people have heard of perjury, not as commonly known is "subornation of perjury." Subornation of perjury is when someone willfully procures another party to make a false statement under oath or swear to the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath. However, the false statement must be one that is "material," an often argued point.
Many times subornation of perjury charges are placed upon attorneys who are accused of persuading clients to lie under oath. This can be considered aggravated perjury, a third-degree felony punishable by fines, jail time and not to mention professional implications. Since perjury is a crime of moral turpitude, an attorney facing charges is in jeopardy of facing sanctions and being disbarred.
There are defenses to perjury and aggravated perjury, including retraction. Retraction must be completed before the testimony and before it became manifest that the falsity of the statement would be exposed. Let us help aggressively defend you against such serious accusations.
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For honest answers to your legal questions from a board-certified* criminal defense lawyer, contact us today at Tad Nelson & Associates. We accept all major credit cards and are available evenings, weekends and off-site for consultations.
* The Texas Board of Legal Specialization certifies attorneys in 20 specific areas of law; certification in any of these areas requires substantial demonstrated experience and skill, positive peer evaluations, ongoing legal education commitments, and the passage of a rigorous test.