Los Angeles Forgery Attorney
Federal Forgery Charges
Were you accused of forgery or another type of white collar crime in Los Angeles? You need an experienced attorney on your side to protect your rights and defend you, when you are facing serious charges. You should get in contact with a Los Angeles federal defense lawyer as soon as you are aware of the charges you are facing. Having an attorney who is knowledgeable with both sides of the legal system to work with you will result in better chances of a successful criminal defense case.
Forgery may not be a violent crime, but it is one that is taken very seriously. The penalties that can be incurred from these convictions are very serious and can alter your life forever. You may never be able to hold certain positions of employment again if you are convicted and serve your time.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Charges
Forgery is defined as altering, making or issuing a public record, legal document or a form of certification in an attempt to harm a third party or for one's own personal gain. This would be without consent or proper authority. Other things that may be included as forged items are as follows:
- Credit cards
Usually, this type of offense takes place in a business or even political context. It can be classified as a felony offense or a misdemeanor, depending on what was actually forged:
- The forgery of any writings issued by the government, such as money, stamps, stocks, bonds or any other writings are considered to be a second degree felony. This is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.
- The forgery of any documents that affect personal or legal relations, such as contracts, deeds or wills are considered to be a third degree felony. This is punishable by up to 7 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
- Other types of forgery are considered to be a first degree misdemeanor and are punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Enlist Okabe & Haushalter for Your Case
The legal team team at Okabe & Haushalter is very experienced in defending all types of serious federal offenses, including forgery crimes. We are prepared to provide you with aggressive legal representation from the moment of your arrest.
Contact a Los Angeles forgery lawyer without delay if you are accused of committed any type of forgery that has led to a federal charge.