My question involves criminal law for the state of: California.
I know that under Rule 16 of San Fransisco Superior court it says :
A written financial statement, signed under penalty of perjury, is required from each outof-
custody person requesting representation by the Office of the Public Defender, private
counsel pursuant to Harris or ancillary services. The financial statement is to be taken on a
printed form provided for that purpose. In-custody individuals may be directed to complete a
financial statement where the Court concludes, based upon inquiry of the applicant that the
applicant's or spouse's income and/or holdings, or other financial information, suggest the
applicant may not qualify for appointment of counsel.
Each applicant is advised that the financial statement is confidential and privileged and is not
admissible as evidence in any criminal proceeding except the prosecution of an alleged offense
of perjury based upon false material contained in the financial statement.
My questions are:
1.According to my limited understanding this mean that if someone have lied he can be prosecuted for perjury, am I right or wrong here?
2.Also how can anyone start this process and provide evidence that someone have fraudulently used the public defense?
Thanks for your time.