In California, counterfeiting is a serious criminal offense which will leave you facing harsh criminal penalties if convicted. When someone illegally forges documents, money, or electronics, software, clothing, or other goods, they may be prosecuted. In cases involving government bonds or money, you may be charged at the federal level. In other cases involving goods, you may be facing charges of trademark or patent infringement. At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles counterfeiting defense attorneys provide vigorous, effective legal representation to those accused of these and other serious criminal charges.
Considered a white collar crime, counterfeiting may be accomplished when tangible goods such as software or clothing are replicated, or "copied." Prosecutors at both the state and federal level aggressively pursue and prosecute those suspected of recreating currency, documents, or goods with the purpose of passing them off as legitimate. In addition, someone who copies or recreates a credit card for the purpose of using it for unauthorized charges may face prosecution for credit card fraud.Counterfeiting Defense Lawyer in Los Angeles
When accused of counterfeiting, it is critical to secure the legal support of a talented and experienced criminal defense attorney. Federal laws not only prohibit forging or replicating U.S. currency, it is also illegal to possess tools used in counterfeiting money such as demagnetizers and counterfeiting plates. Today, many people sell "fake" goods such as handbags or clothing purported to be the real thing, such as Louis Vuitton or Gucci. Recreating merchandise is also prohibited under federal law.
It is important to seek legal counsel immediately, whether you are under investigation or have been charged. The early stages of a case are often the most critical in determining what charges may be filed against you. It is also during this stage that your defense attorney may be able to prevent charges from being filed, or have them dismissed before the case goes to trial. Contact The Justice Firm now if you or someone you know has been accused of counterfeiting.Criminal Penalties for Counterfeiting in California
The criminal penalties an individual may face if convicted of counterfeiting in California depend on several factors including prior criminal history, and may include substantial fines, jail or prison time, and a permanent criminal record which will negatively impact your future in terms of your career, employment opportunities, even securing financing.
If you are convicted of counterfeiting involving currency, you may face fines of up to $250,000 and up to 15 years in prison. The penalties you may face depend largely on the goods involved, and whether you are charged with credit card fraud or another white collar crime. Regardless, we will work vigorously to help you avoid unnecessary criminal penalties and to protect your freedom.Contact The Justice Firm Now
Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys have numerous effective defense strategies at their disposal for clients accused of counterfeiting. If you have been arrested, it is important that your legal rights and freedom are protected. We urge you to contact us today, or call (310)914-2444 for a free consultation regarding your case.