Obstruction of Justice and Perjury

In many criminal defense cases, both the prosecutor and the defense lawyer rely on the testimony of witnesses to provide evidence. However, if someone lies or distorts the truth while on the witness stand, it can result in separate charges called perjury. Additionally, if any party hinders the execution of the duties of any branch of the government, it may be cause for charges of obstruction of justice.

Perjury and obstruction of justice are serious crimes because they can affect the outcome of other cases. However, testimony relies on perception, and perception can differ from person to person. If you have been charged with perjury or obstruction of justice due to a misunderstanding, you should fight for your legal rights. Contact a Dallas criminal defense attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your case.

What is Perjury?

When you make an oath in a court room, you swear to tell the truth. This oath is legally binding, and if you intentionally lie on witness stand, you can be charged with perjury. However, if the misleading information is not directly related to the case, it does not warrant a perjury charge. For instance, if you lie about your age, it is only perjury if your age is directly related to the case.

Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice may occur in many different situations, but it is especially troubling when elected officials like judges commit perjury and other crimes. If elected officials hinder law enforcement in any way, such as by destroying evidence or feigning illness to avoid investigation then obstruction of justice charges may be appropriate.

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Perjury is a serious crime, but it is not always intentional. Sometimes, a person’s memory of specific details may be inaccurate through no fault of his or her own. If you are being brought up on perjury charges, contact a Dallas criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at (214) 845-7007 today.

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