Forgery and Counterfeiting
Jacksonville Attorneys Vigorously Defend You on Forgery And Counterfeiting Charges
Solid representation for Floridians facing white-collar crime charges
Forgery and counterfeiting are both crimes that involve the intent to defraud. Forgery is the creation of a false written (or printed, engraved or typed) document; counterfeiting, which may be considered a type of forgery, is the manufacture, alteration or distribution of a product that’s of lesser value than the genuine product.If you’ve been arrested for forgery or counterfeiting, you face felony charges that may lead to imprisonment, restitution, and large fees. There are many types of forgery and counterfeiting that qualify as both federal and state crimes: You shouldn’t face such serious charges without the help of an experienced attorney who has the skill to mount a strong defense on your behalf.
It is vital that you safeguard your rights. Never speak to a government agent or police officer alone. Always get a lawyer to protect yourself. Don’t think that if you have nothing to hide you can convince a government agent or police officer you are innocent.
At Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A., our Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience defending clients accused of forgery and counterfeiting. We understand the severity of the penalties for conviction. We are also well aware that the state—and in some cases the federal government—will wage an aggressive prosecution; we know that because a member of our team is a former prosecutor. That experience gives us an edge in preparing your case because we know how the other side thinks: We can anticipate their strategy and devise our own strategy accordingly.
The many forms of forgery and counterfeiting
The criminal intent to defraud through forgery and counterfeiting can take many forms. Some of the most common include:
- Forging signatures on checks and official documents
- Forging any receipt for money, goods or other property
- Counterfeiting money, checks, and other bank documents
- Counterfeiting identification cards and drivers’ licenses
Under Florida law, you can also be charged with uttering a forged instrument, which involves distributing or publishing documents you know to be forged. That charge and all forgery charges are third-degree felonies, punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and fines up to $5,000. In defending you on these charges, we can show that there was no intent to defraud or injure. Those convicted of fraud and counterfeiting face not only physical imprisonment but also a stigma that may stay with them for life. We fight to keep that from happening.
Contact an experienced Jacksonville white-collar crime defense lawyer immediately
Contact us online or call the offices of Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. today at 904-353-5800 to schedule a consultation at no cost or obligation to discuss your fraud or counterfeiting charges.