What does it mean when a witness is impeached? 4 Answers as of July 04, 2013

A witness in a possession case was caught basically lying on the stand from her prior statements under oath in another court proceeding, Does that witness become useless to the prosecution? Can charges be put on them?

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Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
Impeachment can be on a minor point or on a major point and if on a major point and if the rest of the witness testimony also does not seem reliable to the jury or judge it may be enough to completely discredit the witness and effectively the jury or judge would not believe the witness. if it is on a minor matter not that important to the present case, it goes to the credibility of the witness but the judge or jury may believe the rest of the witness testimony.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/19/2011
Law Offices of John Carney
Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
If a witness is impeached by their prior testimony it shows that they said something different on a prior occasion in a material way either under oath or not. If you lie under oath it is perjury and you can be charged with a felony.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/7/2011
Palumbo and Kosofsky
Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
What does it mean when a witness is impeached? Their credibility is called into question in cross examination. Does that witness become useless to the prosecution? Not necessarily Can charges be put on them? Yes.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/4/2013
Law Office of Jared Altman
Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
An impeached witness does not become useless. They are just less believable. If the witness lied under oath and gets away with it, i.e. the truth doesn't come out, then they can be charged with perjury.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/7/2011
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