False Statements

Most people think of perjury only occurring in a courtroom. But in reality, making false statements to law enforcement officials, sabotaging investigations by withholding information and lying on official documents are also considered perjury and are punishable by law. False statements sometimes happen by accident on documents such as tax returns or loan applications. Other times, when an individual is giving oral testimony, it can be difficult to recall events accurately and clearly. These lapses in memory may be wrongfully considered to be lies by local and federal agencies and can lead to prosecution.