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Defense for Perjury Charges in Florida

Help from an Experienced Miami-Dade Criminal Attorney

Under Chapter 837 of Florida's criminal code, the crime of perjury is charged when an individual makes a false statement, which they know to be untrue, while under oath in an official proceeding. Typically, this offense occurs at a trial during witness testimony, but perjury can also occur in other situations, such as providing false information on official documents.

Perjury is a serious crime that carries significant penalties in Florida. If you have been accused of perjury in Miami, it is absolutely necessary to speak with a proven criminal defense lawyer right away. The Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. has successfully handled all types of misdemeanor, felony, and federal charges, and we can aggressively defend you against perjury allegations. Call our firm to schedule a free consultation!

Possible Penalties for Perjury

Under Florida law, the charges and consequences for perjury vary depending upon the circumstances involved in the alleged offense. The more serious the proceeding in which the perjury occurred, the more seriously the crime will be charged.

Perjury in a non-official proceeding is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by:

  • Maximum sentence of 1 year in county jail; and/or
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

Perjury in an official proceeding is a third degree felony, punishable by:

  • Maximum sentence of 5 years in state prison; and/or
  • Up to $5,000 in fines

Perjury in an official proceeding related to the prosecution of a capital felony is a second degree felony, punishable by:

  • Maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison; and/or
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Federal Perjury Laws

While Florida has its own specific laws regarding perjury, the crime can also be charged as a federal offense under U.S. Code § 1621 and U.S. Code § 1001.

Penalties for violating U.S. Code § 1621, Perjury Generally, include:

  • Maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison
  • Fines decided by the judge

Penalties for violating U.S. Code § 1001, making a false statement to federal law enforcement, include:

  • Maximum sentence of 5 years in federal prison
  • When related to a matter or terrorism: maximum sentence of 8 years in federal prison

Charged with perjury in Miami? Call us today!

Perjury charges are serious, but a seasoned attorney can challenge the allegations brought against you while protecting your rights. Attorney Michael Mirer has nearly two decades of legal experience and has handled more than 100 criminal trials in Miami-Dade County. The knowledgeable legal team at our firm can evaluate the factors involved in your perjury case to build a comprehensive defense that seeks the best possible outcome.

You can be confident that our firm will provide the aggressive and effective defense you need to fight perjury charges. Contact the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation!

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