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The government must prove three elements beyond a reasonable doubt in order to secure a conviction for perjury in Virginia.  First, the government must prove that the defendant made a false statement under oath or false written statement under penalty of perjury.  Second, the prosecutor must prove that the defendant did so knowingly and willfully.  Finally, the government must prove that the statement was “material” to any issue being tried or heard.

The falsity of any statement must be established by two or more witnesses or by one witness whose testimony is corroborated by independent evidence.  In order for a statement to be “material,” the statement must be relevant to the fact that is being tried or heard or to any substantial circumstance which tends to prove or disprove such fact.

Perjury in Virginia is punishable by imprisonment from one to 10 years, confinement in jail for up to 12 months, and/or a fine of up to $2,500.  Virginia Code §18.2-434.  Virginia Code §8.01-4.3.