Modesto Forgery Lawyer
California Forgery Laws
Forgery is a crime that involves falsifying a signature, identifying seal,
or a legal document for the purpose of defrauding someone. While this
definition might be very simple, forgery cases are usually not so clear,
and nearly every forgery conviction could carry enormous penalties that
will have a dramatic impact on your life. This makes an experienced criminal
defense is pivotal to clearing your name.
Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner, we work hard to protect our clients from the brunt of the law. We recognize
that in many cases those facing charges are good people simply caught
up in a bad situation, and we work hard to represent our clients both
in and out of the courtroom to defend them from the harshness of the criminal
justice system. We have considerable experience with
fraud crime charges, including forgery accusations, making us a top choice in the
Call the Law Offices of Mark W. Girdner at (209) 326-1533 and let us represent
you in your case!
What can be Considered Forgery?
While copying a document is not necessarily illegal, attempting to use
a copy or illegally created document as an official legal document, regardless
of whether or not it was altered, would amount to a forgery crime. However,
according to California law, you do not even need to attempt to pass off
the document; the mere intent to defraud another person or institution
is enough to constitute a forgery crime conviction.
Forgery can take place in a number of ways, including:
- Signing someone else’s name on an official document
- Imitating someone else’s handwriting
- Falsifying or changing a legal document
- Attempting to pass off a fake document as a genuine
- Falsifying identification, such as a driver’s license or a passport
Forgery is often considered a “wobbler” crime and can be punished
as either a misdemeanor with a maximum jail sentence of one year, or a
felony with a maximum prison sentence of three years. A skilled Modesto
criminal defense attorney will be able to better assist you with the exact
nature of your charges.
Need help with forgery accusations?
Contact the Law Office of Mark W. Girdner and schedule a free consultation today!