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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.
At the 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 Modesto area.
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!