In the state of California the crime of forgery is prosecuted vigorously; if you are under investigation, it is vital to contact a seasoned Los Angeles forgery defense lawyer right away. Basically, forgery occurs when you create a false or "fake" document, alter a document, or sign another individual's name (signature) with the intent to illegally secure money, goods, or services. From seemingly minor offenses such as signing another person's personal check without his/her knowledge to more serious offenses such as altering a will or other legal document, the penalties you face if convicted are harsh.
The Justice Firm vigorously defends those accused of forgery, working first and foremost to protect our clients' freedom. When possible, it is advantageous to take action immediately, before charges are filed. In some cases a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense attorney may be able to prevent charges being filed. However when a case does go forward to trial, we provide our clients with a strong, effective defense in an effort to secure positive results and avoid jail/prison time and other harsh penalties.Los Angeles Forgery Defense Lawyer
According to California Penal Code Sections 470 to 483.5, forgery occurs when an individual intends to commit fraud and:
- Counterfeits or forges a seal or handwriting,
- Signs a document with a name other than your own,
- Falsifies or alters a court judgment, conveyance, or record of a will,
- Falsely alters, creates, or offers as genuine and authentic certain documents including but not limited to:
- Cashier's or traveler's checks
- Lottery tickets
- Checks, bonds, or bank notes
- Certificates of ownership or power of attorney
- Discharge or release of any debt, real or personal
- Contracts, property receipts for money or property, or due bill for payment
Whether you have already been charged or are under investigation, we can help. In some cases, the evidence is so overwhelming it may seem impossible to overcome. Our criminal defense attorneys are skilled, experienced, and capable of detecting any potential weaknesses in the prosecutor's case; we will also investigate thoroughly and file motions to have potentially damaging evidence suppressed when possible. The best case scenario is to secure the support of a talented attorney before charges have been filed, when it may still be possible to negotiate with prosecutors. Regardless of the stage of your case, do not face the criminal justice process without the legal guidance and support of a highly regarded Los Angeles forgery defense attorney.California Criminal Penalties for Forgery
Forgery is considered a "wobbler" offense in California, which simply means it may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Whether you are charged with a felony will depend on your criminal history, and the circumstances of the crime you are accused of.
If charged with misdemeanor forgery and convicted penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, payment of restitution and probation.
A conviction for felony forgery will result in more serious punishment which includes fines of up to $10,000, payment of restitution to victims, informal or formal probation, and 16 months, two years, or three years in prison.Contact The Justice Firm Immediately
It is critical to take action in your own defense; without a capable and aggressive Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer on your side, your freedom and reputation are in jeopardy. At The Justice Firm we are dedicated to providing every client we represent with outstanding legal representation; we will fight vigorously on your behalf, doing everything possible to reach your desired outcome. We are highly familiar with the criminal justice system and how prosecutors work; this assists us in devising the most effective possible defense strategy for our clients. Contact us immediately at 310-914-2444 for a free consultation regarding your forgery case.