What could happen to someone if they give a statement to the DA and then want to retract it later?

Could they be charged with anything?

Asked on July 12, 2015 under Criminal Law, California


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if the statement was given under oath, it could be perjury--lying under oath. Whether it was under oath or not, it could be making a false statement or interfering with the administration of justice. Retracting a statement made the authorities is not a wise thing to do, and can carry significant penalties with it.

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