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Florida - Can a deposition given in a civil case be used against someone in a criminal case that arose after the civil?

Destin, FL |

If someone is a non-party to a civil action gives answers in deposition be used to charge them with a criminal act and then subsequently be used as evidence of guilt in that criminal trial?

Even if the depostition is for discovery(3.22) in an unrelated civil case, and not a deposition pursuant to trial(3.19)?

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Absolutely. In fact when a person has been put under oath their testimony regarding those facts at a subsequent hearing or trial better match almost exactly what they originally said, or else not only can their statements be the basis for whatever criminal charges they may be facing they can also possibly be charged with perjury as well.

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