Maryland Perjury Lawyer
Lying, misleading, or deceiving the court is known as perjury, a criminal offense under both Maryland state law and federal law. Perjury is punishable by years in prison, fines, and court fees in addition to any penalties for the defendant’s original criminal charge. However, defendants in criminal cases are not the only ones subject to a perjury accusation. Witnesses, police officers, experts, and anyone else who provides testimony in a case may be subject to a perjury charge if prosecutors find their statements to be dishonest or misleading. A Maryland perjury lawyer is equipped to protect you from aggressive prosecutors who may misconstrue your honest mistake as an attempt to deceive the court.
Lying under oath is taken seriously and dealt with harshly. However, perjury takes more forms than overt lying on the witness stand. Perjury includes making false statements on legal documents or in court proceedings:
- Signed Affidavits.
- Grand Jury Testimony.
- Pre Trial Hearings.
Our attorneys have several options for your defense against perjury charges. Despite printed or taped evidence of your alleged deception, your attorney may be able to show that you made an honest mistake through faulty memory or belief that your statement was fact, or that your statement came as a result of direct orders from a superior or threats to your personal safety or your family’s safety. If you have been accused of perjury, contact our legal team for an evaluation of your case.
Maryland Obstruction of Justice Lawyer
Obstruction of justice charges occur when someone involved in a case attempts to thwart the investigation or affect the outcome of a trial through misleading or false statements, destroying evidence, falsifying documents, or threatening witnesses, jurors, attorneys, or judges. Obstruction of justice is an attempt to circumvent the criminal justice system in an effort to avoid conviction. However, it can also be an easily applied charge that prosecutors use when evidence is shaky or in order to encourage a plea bargain. In many high profile cases, the defendant was not convicted of the original crime, but was found guilty of obstruction of justice. Any jail time served as a result of these criminal cases was for the obstruction of justice conviction.
If you have been charged with obstructing justice, immediately contact a Maryland defense attorney equipped to handle obstruction of justice cases. Mirriam Z. Seddiq is a criminal defense attorney with over twelve years of experience representing clients charged with state and federal felony offenses. Contact Maryland felony lawyer Mirriam Z. Seddiq for a consultation of your perjury or obstruction of justice case.