Types Of Forgery

If you have been charged with forgery, you must contact a Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. This is the only way to get reduced charges or the case completely dismissed depending on the circumstances. The penalties are strict, so you need a good defense.

Forgery is an illegal action that a person commits by intentionally creating and altering documents to then use for some kind of personal gain. These documents can be legitimate and altered or completely fake and created for the sole purpose of deceiving or defrauding another individual.

Common In A Business Context

Many forgery claims occur within businesses similar to other white collar crimes. The company itself can commit forgery, but so can a single employee within it. It is also possible for individuals or companies to be charged with illegal business practices involving forgery by the federal government or the state of Minnesota.

Here is a list of commonly forged items:

  • Financial documents
  • Personal checks
  • Credit cards
  • Legal documents
  • ID cards
  • Drivers' licenses
  • Signatures
  • Contracts
  • Legal certificates

Replicating art, coins used for collecting, currency and stamps are also considered acts of forgery. Even passing on fake or altered documents to an individual intentionally can be classified as forgery.

What Are The Penalties?

A conviction can easily result in a prison sentence and high fines, depending upon the dollar amount of the damage that has been done. If an individual is charged with the writing of a forged check or the creation of a forged document one month and then does it again five months later, they can be charged with two offenses. All forgeries within a six-month period can be added to the charges.

If you have been charged for forgery or you are being investigated, it is important that you have an experienced defense attorney working with you to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Call Rivers Law Firm, P.A., today at 612-915-0355 or send an online message for a free case evaluation.