The statute of limitations for criminal perjury is five years. That does not mean that all penalties associated with the crime vanish after five years, however.
For instance, if a person admits to having committed perjury—or is demonstrated to have committed perjury—their credibility in future testimony will be severely damaged. If the person who committed perjury is involved in a a child support matter, then they will frequently be in court and, with the specter of perjury hovering over their testimony, will have difficulty convincing a judge of anything.
Moreover, if perjury is demonstrated by new testimony that contradicts prior testimony, there is a danger that the courts will disbelieve the NEW testimony. In other words, if the person you know committed perjury six years ago and, now, gives truthful testimony on the assumption that the statute of limitations has expired, there is a danger that the courts will believe the old testimony and allow the DA to prosecute him for the NEW testimony, which is not protected by the statute of limitations.
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