Perjury accusations and related charges are tricky charges to beat in federal court. If you have been charged with perjury or false statement, call us today at (312) 466-9466 for a consultation on your optimal legal strategy to win in court.
Very often people are convicted of covering up or trying to cover up a crime. Martha Stewart was never convicted of insider stock trading. That charge was thrown out. But she was found guilty of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to a federal agent based on statements she made and actions she took during the investigation of insider trading allegations.
Any false statement to a federal investigator can result in charges under 18 U.S.C. Section 1001. If you are being interviewed by federal investigators, you need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney like Steven R. Hunter first. It may be in your interest to invoke your Fifth Amendment privilege against compelled self-incrimination. Saying nothing may not work, because concealment of a material fact that one has a duty to disclose also constitutes a false statement. See e.g. United States v. Moore, 446 F.3d 671, 677 (7th Cir. 2006).
Perjury also requires a false statement, but it must be made after taking an oath authorized by federal law. The most typical example is lying in court during a trial, but it also includes making a knowingly false statement to a grand jury, an immigration hearing officer, and other situations.
Don't go it alone! Before you testify or agree to be interviewed by a federal agent, you should speak to a qualified criminal defense attorney such as Steven R. Hunter. Call us today to arrange representation.