Charged with Perjury in NY?
Committing perjury in New York is not necessarily simply lying while providing testimony in court. There are several degrees of perjury and various penalties associated with the crime.
Perjury in the third degree: You commit this type of perjury, a class A misdemeanor, when you swear falsely. The definition for swearing falsely is: intentionally making a false statement which you do not believe to be true a) while giving testimony, or b) under oath in a subscribed written instrument.
Perjury in the second degree: This type of perjury is a class E felony. You commit second degree perjury when you swear falsely and when your false statement a) is made in a subscribed written instrument for which an oath is required by law and b) is made with the intent to mislead a public servant in the performance of his official actions and c) is material to the action, matter or proceeding involved.
Perjury in the first degree: You are guilty of this level of perjury when you swear falsely and when your false statement a) consists of testimony and b) is material to the action, matter or proceeding in which it is made. This type of perjury is a class D felony.
There are several other types of perjury a person can be charged with. The best person to explain what the potential consequences are for committing any type of perjury is Lisa Pelosi, a New York City criminal defense attorney. Lisa has personal experience handling perjury cases and is available to discuss any criminal charges you are facing at your convenience.