The Aggravated Perjury crime in the state of Texas gives the state the right to arrest you if they believe you committed perjury during an official proceedings and the false statement was important to the proceeding. Learn more detailed information about the Aggravated Perjury offense below.
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In order to be charged with Aggravated Perjury, the state has to believe you committed the base offense of Perjury. Perjury is defined in Section 37.02 of the Texas Penal Code.
Aggravated Perjury is classified in the Texas Penal Code under Title 8 “Offenses Against Public Administration”, Chapter 37 “Perjury and Other Falsifications.”
The offense is described in Section 37.03 of the Texas Penal Code.
(a) A person commits an offense if he commits perjury as defined in Section 37.02, and the false statement:
(1) is made during or in connection with an official proceeding; and
(2) is material.
You can be charged with Aggravated Perjury if the state’s attorneys believe that each of the elements of 37.03(a) as described in the section above have been met. This the offense that you might be threatened for prosecution with if the state’s attorneys think you are gonig to lie while testifying at trial.
A conviction for Aggravated Perjury is punished as a Felony of the Third Degree,1 with a maximum possible fine under Texas state law of up to $10,000 and prison time of up to 10 years. Learn about the differences between grades of felonies and misdemeanors
1 Texas Penal Code Section 37.03(b)