Forgery involves altering or falsely drafting or passing various types of documents. "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
With forgery charges, there is a wide range of potential penalties. Depending on the severity of the crime and other factors, you could face serious consequences.
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 number 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
As with any crime, you should contact a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to begin preparing your defense. Having an experienced attorney on your side could have a significant impact on the outcome of your case.
Credit/Debit Card Abuse
Most commonly, this kind of financial crime 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
With the increase in credit/debit card crimes, there is also an increased focus on these types of cases by the criminal justice system. If you have been charged with such a crime, don’t waste any time in contacting a skilled attorney to discuss your case.