Perjury offenses are charged after an individual takes an oath to tell
the truth in an official proceeding, for example, but is found to have
lied. Official proceedings include trials, hearings, and congressional
inquiries, for example. Both Federal and Florida law include heavy fines
and severe criminal penalties, including potential mandatory/minimum sentences
of up to 25 years and maximum potential sentences of up to LIFE. Mr. Petruzzi
has represented numerous individuals charged with, or under investigation
for, Perjury offenses by both Federal and State authorities. His experience
and knowledge serves as an invaluable asset to his clients.
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Federal Perjury offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various agencies,
including the FBI, DEA, ATF, ICE, IRS, Secret Service, Department of Homeland
Security, and the Department of Justice. Some common Federal Statutes
criminalizing Perjury include:
18 USC Sec. 1621 –
(1) having taken an oath before a competent tribunal, officer, or person,
in any case in which a law of the United States authorizes an oath to
be administered, that he will testify, declare, depose, or certify truly,
or that any written testimony, declaration, deposition, or certificate
by him subscribed, is true, willfully and contrary to such oath states
or subscribes any material matter which he does not believe to be true; or
(2) in any declaration, certificate, verification, or statement under penalty
of perjury as permitted under section 1746 of title 28, United States
Code, willfully subscribes as true any material matter which he does not
believe to be true;
is guilty of perjury and shall, except as otherwise expressly provided
by law, be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than five years,
or both. This section is applicable whether the statement or subscription
is made within or without the United States.
Florida Perjury offenses are investigated and prosecuted by various State
and Local law enforcement agencies. Some common Florida Statutes criminalizing
837.02 Perjury in official proceedings.—
(1) Except as provided in subsection (2), whoever makes a false statement,
which he or she does not believe to be true, under oath in an official
proceeding in regard to any material matter, commits a felony of the third
degree, punishable as provided in s.
775.083, or s.
(2) Whoever makes a false statement, which he or she does not believe to
be true, under oath in an official proceeding that relates to the prosecution
of a capital felony, commits a felony of the second degree, punishable
as provided in s.
775.083, or s.
(3) Knowledge of the materiality of the statement is not an element of
the crime of perjury under subsection (1) or subsection (2), and the defendant's
mistaken belief that the statement was not material is not a defense.