Most people are familiar with the crime of perjury from watching police procedurals and following the news. In New Jersey, Perjury (N.J.S.A. 2C:28-1) can be charged in cases where a person makes a false statement under oath or in an official proceeding, if the statement is material and the speaker himself believes it to be untrue.
“Material” means that the statement made could have affected the outcome of the matter. All of these structures within the statute can make prosecuting perjury, and defending against the charge, complicated for both sides. This is why an attorney is so critical if you’re facing perjury charges in New Jersey.
The charge itself is a third degree crime, which means that conviction can lead to a sentence of three to five years and fines of up to $15,000. Protecting yourself against allegations that you’ve perjured yourself is critical not only for your immediate freedom, but to preserve your reputation going forward.
If you’ve been charged with Perjury in New Jersey, get experienced legal help right away. Call Matthew Reisig today at 732-625-9661 for a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.