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Perjury

Perjury

Chapter 37 of the Texas Penal Code defines offenses relating to perjury and other falsification.

“Perjury”, as per § 37.02 of the Texas Penal Code, occurs when a person, with intent to deceive and with knowledge of the statement's meaning:

  • makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of a false statement previously made and the statement is required or authorized by law to be made under oath; or

  • he makes a false unsworn declaration under Chapter 132, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor.

Severity of Crime

Misdemeanor A

  • Confinement in jail for a term not to exceed one year

  • Fine not to exceed $4,000

  • Both such fine and confinement