The penalties in Massachusetts for the crime of Perjury vary, depending largely on the type of proceeding in which the false testimony was offered, for example:
- Perjury committed on the trial of an indictment for a capital crime is punishable by commitment to state prison for any term of years or for life;
- Perjury committed on the trial of an indictment for a non-capital crime is punishable by commitment to the House of Corrections for up to 2.5 years, or to State Prison for up to 20 years.
- The defendant made a statement under oath in a judicial proceeding (or when required by law to take an oath or affirmation to tell the truth);
- That the statement was false;
- The defendant knew the statement was false at the time he/she made the statement and that he/she made the statement willfully; and
- The statement was material to the issue or point in question.
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