(a) A person commits the crime of perjury in the first degree when in any official proceeding he swears falsely and his false statement is material to the proceeding in which it is made.
Terms Used In Alabama Code 13A-10-101
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- material: A statement is "material" regardless of the admissibility of the statement under the rules of evidence, if it could have affected the course or outcome of the official proceeding. See Alabama Code 13A-10-100
- OFFICIAL PROCEEDING: Any proceeding heard before any legislative, judicial, administrative or other government agency or official authorized to hear evidence under oath. See Alabama Code 13A-10-100
- person: includes a corporation as well as a natural person. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
(b) Perjury in the first degree is a Class C felony.