El Paso, TX asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Legal Malpractice for New Mexico

Q: What can be done about perjury?

What, if anything, can be done if a victim/witness lied in a court hearing and also during a jury trial? I know this person lied because I know the truth of the matter. I would like to be able to talk to talk to someone or tell someone the truth but I don’t know how to go about it. The prosecutor in the case, I believe, knows already of the lies and has possibly even encouraged it. The defense attorney is also aware of it, but hasn’t done anything or maybe doesn’t know what he’s doing as an attorney. I feel as if it’s obvious this victim/witness is lying, but they continue to get away with it. There has to be some way of handling this and getting the truth to the right people. I just don’t know how to go about it. What can I do?

1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Gary Selik
Joel Gary Selik
  • Legal Malpractice Lawyer
  • Las Vegas, NV

A: There are two ways in which to address this. The first and best way is in the trial present evidence of the lie. The other method is a complaint to the DA for perjury.

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