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False Statements

Although most citizens are aware that you can be charged with perjury if you do not tell the truth on the witness stand, many people may not know that the act of lying or concealing facts from a federal official is also a crime. If you are questioned in a case by a federal official and you attempt to conceal facts or hide the truth, you may be charged with making false statements.

The criminal charge of making false statements is considered a felony in Texas and can have serious impact on a person's life. If you have been wrongly accused of making false statements to a federal official, consult Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950.

Types of False Statements

The following actions may be considered for criminal prosecution:

  • Attempts to hide, conceal, or falsify information in order to cover up a criminal scheme or device
  • Misrepresenting oneself or wrong identification
  • Making any materially fraudulent statement
  • Knowingly creating or using a fraudulent document

False statement charges may carry a federal prison sentence of up to five years and may include fines up to $250,000.

It is important to tell the truth to federal agents, investigators, and other officials if you are questioned regarding criminal activity. Any attempts to mislead a federal official may result in criminal charges, even if you have no other association with the crime in question.

Contact Us

If you or someone you know has been charged with making false statements to a federal official, contact the Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis at (512) 472-1950 today.


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