Tip of the day: When testifying, do NOT lie. Also, do NOT lie to the FBI.
Lying in Court is perjury, not smart and causes you to lose credibility with the Judge. Lying to your lawyer results in frivolous matters being filed, tried and ultimately can open you up to sanctions of the Court. Lying to the FBI gets you indicted.
noun: lie; plural noun: lies
an intentionally false statement.
untruth, falsehood, fib, fabrication, deception, piece of fiction, falsification
If you aren’t sure what the truth is then just say so. Don’t lie.
Occasionally, lawyers are in Court to give testimony. They are called as witnesses just as a party might be. Usually, the Court waives the requirement of administering the Oath.
While done as a courtesy, it does not reduce the lawyer’s obligation to be truthful. Lawyers, upon being licensed and admitted to the practice of law are under oath and have a duty to be truthful with the Court in all pleadings, appearances and interactions in their role as a lawyer with the Court.
Lawyers are not only subject to the same potential penalties for perjury, but are also subject to Bar Association discipline if lying to the Court, or otherwise violating Rules of Professional Conduct.
Your lawyer should be familiar with these rules and at least know that they exist.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and reminds Lawyers, you have to tell the truth too.
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Winston Churchill
Everybody lies. The ones to watch out for, however, are the ones that believe their own lies. It’s not ALWAYS someone else’s fault. It’s not ALWAYS you being the victim. The Judge was not bribed, the fix was not in, and it was not a vast conspiracy between the lawyers, the Court and the FBI.
Lying is the act of knowingly and intentionally making a false statement. Lies are often told out of fear. Usually lies are defensive and are told to avoid the consequences of the truth. They are often white lies that spare another’s feelings, reflect a stereotypical societal attitude, or to appear as a civilized human. Pathological lying is considered a mental illness as the lies take over rational judgment and stray into the fantasy world. Pathological lying is described as habitually lying. It is when an individual consistently lies, even if there is nothing to gain. The lies can even be obvious and often pointless, but are told nonetheless.
There are many consequences of being a pathological liar. Due to lack of trust, a lot of pathological liars’ relationships fail. As the lies and disease continues, lying can become so severe as to cause legal problems including; criminal consequences, divorce and issues in a custody case.
Treatment through therapy may help. The problem with treatments is the patient often won’t admit that they are lying. A “normal” person knows when he or she has lied, but the pathological liar may not be able to differentiate between the truth and a lie. Pathological liars believe their lies and may manufacture false memories to support the lies that have been told. Pathological lying may also be a symptom for other personality disorders. A combination of medication and psychotherapy may help a compulsive liar to stop lying routinely.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law litigation attorney in Mississippi and advises you not to lie!