Legal question: Is perjury a felony in Texas?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by MikeTx, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. MikeTx

    MikeTx New Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    I can't seem to find a clear answer, Does anyone know? The deal is, two people are lying to cover up the facts in a legal matter, hoping to influence the outcome of the trial. Physical evidence proves they are lying. I'd just like to see them put in jail.

  2. Of course, lying in and of itself is not illegal. Lying under oath as to a bit of information that is relevant and material to the case under adjudication is perjury.

    Next question, suppose you got 'em on the perjury. How are you going to get them arrested? Got a copy of the record from a court reporter? Got witnesses who agree on what they heard the perpetrator say? You'll need both. Usually, it's only prosecutors who bring perjury charges, and that's generally when someone was found "not guilty" whom the prosecutors felt really should have been nailed. Of course, I have no experience on that point in Texas, but thats what happens around here.
  3. I can't imagine that lying under oath in a criminal trial would not be illegal no matter what state it is.

    To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required.
  4. MikeTx

    MikeTx New Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    It's a civil trial.
  5. Marlin

    Marlin *TFF Admin Staff Chief Counselor*

    Each state's criminal code will spell out the penalty for perjury and how it classifies such, whether a misdemeanor or a felony.
  6. 44-40 Willy

    44-40 Willy New Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Don't matter if it's a civil or a criminal case, perjury is perjury. All too often though, perjury cases are not pursued.
  7. Doesn't matter. It's the violation of the oath that counts.
  8. fedupdon

    fedupdon New Member

    Jun 3, 2008
    not if you dont get caught
  9. NickfromAvvo

    NickfromAvvo New Member

    Sep 12, 2008
    From glancing at the Texas Penal code chapter 37, it appears perjury is a class A misdemeanor and aggravated perjury is a third degree felony, aggravated being perjury done in the course of, or in connection to, an official proceeding and where the false statement is material.

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  10. bluesea112

    bluesea112 Active Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    West, TX
    Perjury is hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
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