Forgery Criminal Defense Lawyers
Forgery is generally considered to be a white collar crime, since it typically involves primarily economic gain rather than being a crime of violence. It is a type of fraud which may also be classified as a theft crime. Broadly speaking, it is any act of knowingly altering, creating or using a written document with the purpose of defrauding another party.
It is not necessary to prove that you actually carried out the act; only that you made the attempt and did so with the intention of committing fraud. The crime of forgery can occur in a variety of different ways. One of the most common examples is to sign a check using another person's name. Another common scenario is when the perpetrator makes changes to the amount on a check, or perhaps alters the terms of a will, power of attorney or other type of legal document.
It can also include falsifying documents such as stocks, bonds or other securities, real estate contracts, rental or lease agreements or any other type of document or written instrument which the forger can use to obtain the money or property of another. It is often committed as part of an identity theft scheme, though in other cases the defendant may be a relative, employee or other relation to the victim.
Consequences of a Forgery Conviction
At the Law Offices of Falangetti & Weimortz, we understand how important it is for you to clear your name and avoid the serious consequences you face. Not only could you be sentenced to imprisonment and fines, you could also end up with a conviction on your criminal record, a fact that could make it exceedingly difficult for you to find employment in the future.
As a crime of dishonesty, a forgery conviction will often prevent an individual from obtaining a job which requires any type of trust on the part of the employer. Contact us now at (562) 256-7140 for a free, confidential consultation with a Long Beach criminal defense attorney so that you can get answers to your questions about the case and learn about your legal options for fighting the charges.