Forgery & Credit / Debit Card Abuse


Forgery involves altering or falsely drafting or passing various types of document. Document is a very broad category, and it can involve items such as coins and trademarks. Here are a few types of forgery crimes:

  • Checks and other banking documents
  • Bank or mortgage fraud
  • Assisting in illegal immigration
  • Copyright or trademark infringement
  • Manufacture of counterfeit money
  • Using a lost or stolen credit card
  • Modifying a will or deed of trust


Penalties for Forgery

Not all cases of forgery are treated the same. Some are punished more severely because they have a worse impact on victims’ lives. A judge considers several factors when deciding on the appropriate punishment for a forgery crime:

  • The value of the property in question
  • The amount of people who were affected by the crime
  • The number of times that the scheme was carried out
  • Whether the crime involved a will, mortgage or deed of trust
  • Whether the defendant is a minor


Credit / Debit Card Abuse

Most commonly, it entails using another person’s credit or debit card for purchases without the owner’s consent. Unauthorized credit or debit card use is a serious crime, and it is punishable by law.


Types of Credit Card Abuse

The credit / debit card laws are strict, and any of the following crimes may qualify the offender for punishment:

  • Using someone else’s revoked or expired credit card
  • Presenting a credit card for purchase while knowing the owner did not give his permission
  • Stealing another person’s debit or credit card
  • Selling a stolen credit card to another person