Every state has its own laws regarding forgery.
However, if you mail or carry a forged document across states lines, you could face federal charges.
Federal crimes are prosecuted more severely than state level offenses.
If you believe you are under investigation for federal forgery, the sooner you seek experienced legal counsel, the more likely you will have a positive outcome in your case.
What is forgery?
In the legal sense, forgery is intentionally making a false document to present to another party as genuine, usually for financial gain.
There are many different types of forgery ranging from identity theft or identity creation to the manufacturing of fake coins.
When coins, bills, or other forms of currency are the focus, the term counterfeiting may be used.
Examples of forgery
Certain types of forgery are automatically considered federal offenses.
If you commit identity theft, counterfeit money, forge federal documents, or act in a way as to defraud the federal government, you may be charged with federal forgery.
Some of the most common examples of forgery include:
- Checks — Frank Abagnale, the subject of the film “Catch Me If You Can,” forged checks while flying across the country. He also wound up spending several years in a federal penitentiary.
- Diplomas — The forging of diplomas and other scholastic documents is becoming increasingly common.
- Artworks — A successful art forgery can be worth millions.
- Deeds for property — The forging of a property deed may be used to falsely claim the title of a home.
Another type of forgery is creating fake designer products like handbags, wallets, shoes, etc.
If you are arrested for any type of counterfeiting offense, ask to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.
Penalties for committing forgery
The basic crime of forgery is a third degree misdemeanor offense.
If convicted, you face up to five years in prison, five years of probation, and a $5,000 fine. Other factors, such as the value of the document or item, your criminal history, whether violence was used, and whether anyone was harmed in the process, may increase the penalties you face.
Contact an experienced white-collar crime defense lawyer today
Federal forgery charges are serious and require the guidance of a skilled Florida white-collar crime attorney.
At the Law Office of Nayib Hassan, P.A., we work tirelessly to protect your rights and freedom.
To speak with one of our knowledgeable lawyers today, call (305) 403-7323 or contact us online.