What can happen if you lie about your age in court?

I’m only 17 and I lied to a judge and told him I was 18 because I thought it would get my father out of trouble for not showing up for court.

Asked on October 18, 2011 under Criminal Law, Virginia


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you were under oath when you told the judge that you were 18 years of age but you were 17 and you knew this was not true, you potentially could be charged with perjury by the court. Perjury is a criminal offense in which court fines and/or jail time could be imposed against the offender.

Given the fact that lying is not a good practice to do, you should learn from your mistake and hope that your untruth does not come back to haunt you with a criminal charge. By saying you were an adult to the judge as opposed to a minor could result in charges against you as an adult as opposed to a juvenile which you are.


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