Forgery is a crime in which someone falsifies something with the intent to deceive. There are a number of different kinds of forgery ranging from counterfeiting, signing another person's signature on an official document or check, to art forgery.
All forms of forgery are treated as serious crimes under the law. In some instances, forgery is severely punished, especially in the case of counterfeiting.
Whoever commits forgery shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree which has a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine. In more serious offenses, forgery may be charged as a federal crime which carries significantly harsher conviction penalties.
The burden of proof lies in proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the act of forgery. The burden includes proving the "essential" or "substantive" elements of the criminal offense of forgery.
If a dismissal of your forgery charge is not possible, we will ensure you are fully aware of your legal options going forward such negotiating for a plea deal, or in the case of a trial ensure you are fully aware of every aspect regarding defense strategies that may best serve in the defense of the charges against you.
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