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 about 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.
California Penal Code 470 PC defines forgery 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. Forgery occurs without consent or proper authority. There are various examples of how forgery could occur, including the following:
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:
At Okabe & Haushalter, our skilled forgery defense attorneys will be ready to help you combat these charges. We will use our resources to hire our own professionals who can investigate the claims or charges against you. Unlike the government prosecutors, we will take an unbiased approach towards gathering evidence. Our investigation will be incredibly thorough and examine the issue from every angle.
Our attorneys will work to suppress any irrelevant evidence and dismiss charges that are not valid. There are various defensive positions we can take to help a person charged with forgery in Los Angeles. First, if you did not commit forgery at all, we will work to argue that there has been a case of mistaken identity or that false allegations have been rendered against you. Some other possible defenses include:
There are also times when the crime of forgery is charged, but the reality is that a person should have been charged with attempted forgery. The crime of forgery is not completed until the counterfeit object is passed to somebody else. The passing of a forged object completes the intention to commit a crime.
We will work to build the best defense strategy available, given the facts surrounding your particular situation. We treat each client and each case individually so that we can achieve the best possible results on their behalf.
The legal 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 defense attorney without delay if you are accused of committing any type of forgery that has led to a federal charge.