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

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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

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 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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