If you have ever been involved in a legal matter, then you will know the importance of telling the truth. The consequence of lying are severe, as false statements can result in life-long consequences for all involved. In addition, there are also punishments for those who present false written evidence in a legal proceeding. California Penal Code 132 PC makes this a serious crime.
What is Presenting False Evidence?
There are other parts of the criminal code that deal with all kinds of false evidence, but PC 132 specifically handles presenting false written evidence. Said evidence can apply to almost anything that is in writing. For example, you cannot submit documents, records, or any papers that are false. The fake evidence can also be introduced into the legal proceeding in any way possible. The written evidence can enter the legal case through means like providing evidence in a trial or presenting it to your lawyer (who then enters it into the legal proceedings).
Other Important Elements and Penalties
This specific penal code is related to fake evidence in a legal proceeding. This means that a person cannot present the evidence in any form of trial (criminal or civil) or even smaller legal matters in hearings and investigations. If it’s a legal proceeding, it counts. Furthermore, you must have committed this crime knowing the evidence was false. A prosecutor can’t charge you if you accidentally submit something you had no idea was fake. However, if the prosecutor can prove you violated this penal code, then you face serious penalties. This is a felony crime and can include possible prison time.