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.
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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms
“Do you swear or affirm the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?”
All testimony is under oath. Judges apply the smell test to determine your truthfulness. Testimony that doesn’t make sense fails this test.
A man, after having been caught with his girlfriend, denied they were intimate because he could not…perform. There was testimony that he had issues in that department. However, he was also on medication for his ailments. He continued his medication even months after separating from his wife. He did NOT have a good explanation for that.
Judge knew he was NOT telling the whole truth. You can lose your credibility on something seemingly trivial. Judges listen intently and judge you. That is their job. If you lie about little things or are “cute” with your answers then they may assume you’ll lie about big things.
Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Lawyer in Mississippi and recommends you tell the truth and nothing but the truth…but only answer what is asked.
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You may also contact Matthew with your family law case, question or concern at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms.