Pennsylvania Perjury Laws

Perjury is a crime in Pennsylvania. Perjury occurs when in an official proceeding, a person makes a false statement under oath or swears to the truth of some statement previously made when that person knows or believes it is not true and that statement can affect the outcome of the proceeding. In the event that the person retracts their perjured statement before it affects the outcome of the proceeding taking place, then that person may not be charged with perjury.


Perjury is a crime constituting a third degree felony. This is punishable by up to seven years in prison. In addition, under Pennsylvania law, a judge may impose a fine in addition to or instead of the prison sentence at his or her discretion depending on the circumstances of the case.

Questions about Pennsylvania Perjury Law? Contact Atty. Munley directly at 570-420-0620 or ask him a question by using the form below.