Appleton Perjury and Obstruction of Justice Lawyer
The Appleton criminal defense attorneys represent clients facing a variety of perjury and obstruction of justice defense charges. When you make a false statement after taking an oath to tell the truth, you are said to have committed perjury. Being charged with perjury is much more serious than you may think. The consequences of conviction include up to 4 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. Perjury can occur in a variety of ways. By putting your signature on documents signed “under penalty of perjury”, you are stating that all of the information within the document is truthful. Another example of perjury is twisting your testimony in court by making contradictory statements or deliberately lying. Once you take an oath to tell the truth, the judge and jury expect all of your statements to be truthful. The act of perjury is taken seriously since any lie could sway the court's ability to make and accurate ruling.
In order for the prosecution to obtain a perjury conviction, they must prove the following:
- You knowingly made false statements after taking an oath to tell the truth
- You signed a document as being true knowing that the information included in the document was false
- You understood the question that was asked to you in court
- The statement that you made was false at the time that you made it
- You willingly lied about or concealed information
- Tampering with or hiding evidence
- Threatening judges, jury members, witnesses, or other court officials
- Picketing or using sound amplifying devices outside of a courthouse
- Paying someone to give a false testimony
Obstruction of justice is considered any corrupt act or threat used to influence the decision of the court or to delay the court proceedings. Examples include:
If you are facing perjury or obstruction of justice charges, contact an attorney immediately. You deserve the best defense available and the Appleton criminal defense lawyers of Kohler & Hart are dedicated to working closely with you to build a strong case in your defense. Due to the complexity of these cases and the severe consequences of being convicted, a knowledgeable attorney is needed to ensure the protection of your rights. Contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers today to discuss the details of your case. Call 414-271-9595 for more information.