False Swearing (N.J.S.A. 2C:28-2) is a similar charge to Perjury in New Jersey, but differs in the element of materiality.
In essence, Perjury is charged when a person makes a false statement that is material to the outcome of the matter in question, and it is a more serious charge than False Swearing. False Swearing is charged when a person makes a false statement under oath, or swears to the truth of a statement previously made that the person knows or believes to be untrue.
False Swearing is a crime of the fourth degree, which is the equivalent of a low level felony in other states. Conviction can result in a sentence of up to 18 months, though many people facing such charges will benefit from a presumption of non-incarceration if convicted.
It’s vital that you protect yourself when you’re facing allegations of lying under oath, whether as False Swearing or Perjury. Matthew Reisig has defended clients in New Jersey for nearly two decades, and has an exceptional track record of protecting his clients from the worst outcomes of conviction.
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