If a minor can testify at the age of 14 can they be held accountable for proven lies they stated?

Asked 7 months ago - Perham, MN

We have just went through a trial and a minor child had lied about reporting to a teacher. Can this child be help accountable as we would if it were the other way around? Who does a person report a mandated reporter to if they failed to report?

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  1. Alex De Marco


    Contributor Level 11


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    Answered . Your question is unclear. If you mean a child lied under oath, yes, a child can be charged for perjury, but perjury is so rarely charged because it is a difficult case to prove. If you mean the child "lied about reporting to a teacher" in some statement outside of court, that's a credibility issue. If you mean that what they reported to the teacher is a lie, that is also a credibility issue. Contact an attorney today and clarify the issue you're asking about.

  2. Samuel John Edmunds


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    Answered . Lying under oath is perjury, a felony crime. Getting the police to investigate and the county attorney to prosecute is a whole different challenge. Retain an attorney to get your questions answered further.

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  3. Maury Devereau Beaulier

    Contributor Level 19

    Answered . First of all, a Judge may determine when or if a child testifies and in what context. there is no set age at which a child can testify.

    Second, what type of relief would you be seeking? Jail for a child? It is not likely.

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