Perjury in Colorado

How is Perjury a Crime in Colorado?

Perjury results from the accusation that someone lied under oath during a court proceeding, or in some sort of statement / representation to a government official. In Arapahoe and Jefferson County Colorado, Perjury is largely divided up into two classes, one is a felony and one is a misdemeanor.

Perjury in the First Degree, C.R.S. 18-8-502

1st Degree Perjury occurs in Adams County when, in an official proceeding, he knowingly makes a materially false statement, which he does not believe to be true, under an oath required or authorized by law. The best example I can think of for this crime is lying under oath during a court trial. We highly value the truth finding process in court and the disruption caused by lying under oath greatly clouds the process of resolving a legal conflict.

Perjury in the Second Degree, C.R.S. 18-8-503

2nd Degree Perjury is very similar to First Degree Perjury, minus the "official proceeding". Here are the specifics: A person commits Perjury in the Second degree if, other than in an official proceeding, with an intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of his duty, he makes a materially false statement, which he does not believe to be true, under an oath required or authorized by law. This crime might occur when a woman lies about her income on an application for unemployment insurance payments, after signing her name below an oath. That oath might read similar to this: "Under penalty of perjury, I swear that the income statements and other information provided by me above are true and correct." As a result of a false statement under an oath of this type, a government worker might authorized the release of money when the recipient does not deserve it.

A Denver Perjury Conviction is Significant

Perjury, or lying to the government, is significant to have on your criminal record. First Degree Perjury in Douglas County is a class four felony and Second Degree Perjury in Eagle County is a class one misdemeanor. Either way, employers completing a background check will certainly skip over a person with this conviction. No one wants to have a liar working for them.

If you are charged with Perjury, there are defenses. Police or investigators will want to interview you before you hire a lawyer, so they can defeat these defenses with admissions from you. So, always remain silent and call us as soon as you are contacted by police or the government. An early intervention into your case can make a huge difference. Our criminal defense lawyers can be reached at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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