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Good morning Parisa,I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.While it takes son doing to determine the statute of limitations for perjury in the state of CA---because is it a fraud based crime---Under CA law, the statute of limitations does not begin to run on perjury until it is discovered, or 4 years after the offense, whichever is later. So, based on the fact that the state has just now learned of the alleged crime, they have 4 more years to determine whether to file charges against you for the incident. The simply fact is that prosecutions for perjury are quite rare and perjury happens in courtrooms, and in written documents, everyday.Here is the CA law as regards XXXXX XXXXX period on a charge of Perjury:CA Penal Code Section 801.5. Notwithstanding Section 801 or any other provision of law, prosecution for any offense described in subdivision (c) of Section 803 shall be commenced within four years after discovery of thecommission of the offense, or within four years after the completionof the offense, whichever is later.
CA Penal Code Section 118. (a) Every person who, having taken an oath that he or she will
testify, declare, depose, or certify truly before any competent
tribunal, officer, or person, in any of the cases in which the oath
may by law of the State of California be administered, willfully and
contrary to the oath, states as true any material matter which he or
she knows to be false, and every person who testifies, declares,
deposes, or certifies under penalty of perjury in any of the cases in
which the testimony, declarations, depositions, or certification is
permitted by law of the State of California under penalty of perjury
and willfully states as true any material matter which he or she
knows to be false, is guilty of perjury.
CA Penal Code Section 803.
(c) A limitation of time prescribed in this chapter does notcommence to run until the discovery of an offense described in thissubdivision. This subdivision applies to an offense punishable by imprisonment in the state prison or imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170, a material element of which is fraud or breach of a fiduciary obligation, the commission of the crimes oftheft or embezzlement upon an elder or dependent adult, or the basisof which is misconduct in office by a public officer, employee, or appointee, including, but not limited to, the following offenses: (1) Grand theft of any type, forgery, falsification of public records, or acceptance of a bribe by a public official or a public employee, (2) A violation of Section 72, 118, 118a, 132, 134, or 186.10.I wish you the best in 2013.I understand that you may be disappointed by the Answer you received, as it was not particularly favorable to your situation. Had I been able to provide an Answer which might have given you a successful legal outcome, it would have been my pleasure to do so.You may reply back to me using the Reply to Expert link if you have additional questions.Kindly take a moment to rate my service to you based on the understanding of the law I provided. Please understand that I have no control over the how the law impacts your particular situation.Thank you,Doug
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