What is Forgery?
Forgery is a broad category of crimes involving the falsification of information. Forgery is a type of white-collar (non-violent) crime, and can often involve state or federal charges. Types of forgery may include:
- The unauthorized use or reproduction of another person’s signature. This might be for the purpose of gaining access to information such as a bank account or other personal records, or to forge a person’s signature on a blank check. A variation of this scenario would be to steal or intercept a check intended for another person, and then changing the “Payable to” name.
- The creation of fake documents.
- The creation of fake evidence as part of a legal proceeding.
- Tampering with evidence used as part of a legal proceeding, including reproducing, altering or repairing physical objects with the intent of deceiving jurors, witnesses, counsel, judges, or others involved in a trial.
What are the consequences of a Forgery conviction?
The legal penalties for forgery can involve misdemeanor or felony charges, with possible fines and/or jail time. In addition, penalties may include civil damages for any losses caused by the forgery.
What are some defenses to a Forgery charge?
Some defenses to a forgery charge include lack of intent to deceive another party, lack of capacity or knowledge to mislead another person, or coercion (being forced to forge a document under the threat of harm).
Contacting a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles
If you are accused of forgery, you should contact Ken Behzadi immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses, and the legal system process.