Los Angeles Forgery Attorney
Legal Information About Forgery Charges
Forgery (Penal Code section 470) can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony offense. As there are multiple types of forgery, what the prosecutor has to prove at trial depends on the specific facts of your case, but here are some possibilities: The prosecutor might have to prove that (1) you signed the name of someone else or a fake person to something; (2) you didn’t have the authority to do so; (3) you knew you didn’t have authority to do so; (4) and you had the specific intent to defraud someone. Or, the prosecutor may just have to prove that (1) you counterfeited or forged someone else’s seal or handwriting and (2) that you did so with the specific intent to defraud. Or the prosecutor may have to prove that (1) you altered or falsified a financial document, such as a will or conveyance and (2) that you did so with the specific intent to defraud. Or the prosecutor might have to prove that you falsified a notary public’s seal.
Forgery is a crime that can be tied to identity theft, financial crimes, wire fraud and much more. The penalties, especially if the charges are federal, can include decades in prison. Replicas of artifacts or pieces of art can be a forgery if they are sold as a legit piece. Reproducing a trademarked symbol without prior consent can be a forgery.
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor forgery, you can be sentenced up to a year in county jail. If you are convicted of felony forgery, you can be sentenced for 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in State prison.
Legal Defenses Against Forgery
Generally, there are only a few legal defenses against charges of forgery. A qualified criminal defense attorney could argue that there was no specific intent to defraud someone or that the forgery would not have deprived someone of their legal rights or interest. Our experience has been that challenging the element of intent is the most effective legal defense. You should contact our legal team as soon as possible to learn more about your available options.
Contact a Forgery Defense Lawyer
Forgery charges can become serious and carry heavy federal penalties. It may seem funny to see someone fake another person's signature. But when the police and prosecutors get involved, they could demand you make restitution for your crimes, pay heavy penalties, perform community service or something more severe. At times, it can bar you from doing business with a company that knows you have a criminal reputation. Felony and misdemeanor forgery charges can be life altering, and only a skilled criminal defense lawyer can properly defend you from such charges.
At Eisner Gorin LLP, our criminal defense attorneys possess the knowledge, skill and experience to craft a unique criminal defense and protect your freedoms and your future. retaining our skilled law firm can be your best chance at avoiding a conviction. If you have been charged with forgery or any other type of theft crime, call us today at 877-781-1570 to learn how we will fight your charges.
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