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Forgery & Counterfeiting

Forgery and counterfeiting crimes are generally alternating or copying a document, currency or product to pass the altered version or copy off as the original. Passing off fake written documents is usually considered forgery, where as counterfeiting refers to the manufacturing copies of objects such as money or artwork.

If you are facing criminal forgery or counterfeiting charges, connect with a criminal defense attorney to discuss your case. Simply fill out our free case evaluation form on this page or call 877-455-1059 today for your consultation.


Counterfeiting & Forgery Defined

The basis of both forgery and counterfeiting crimes is the creation of something fake and passing it off as the original. The most common forms of forgery and counterfeiting involve:

  • Legal Contracts
  • Identification Cards
  • Deeds to Real Estate
  • Altered Checks
  • Counterfeit Currency

The creation of false documents can be classified as either forgery or counterfeiting. Classification of crimes depends on the specifics of the case and jurisdiction where the offender is charged.

If a person creates a copy of valuable artwork and signs the artist’s name to the copy, an attempt to sell the artwork as the original might be considered forgery and counterfeiting.

Counterfeiting & Forgery Penalties

The penalty for criminal forgery or counterfeiting is largely dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • Amount of money illegally obtained
  • Ability to repay money
  • State or federal laws
  • Offender’s criminal history

Based on these and other factors, a conviction for counterfeiting or forgery could mean having to repay the money, known as restitution, a sizable fee, or a prison sentence.

Discuss Counterfeiting & Forgery Charges with a Criminal Lawyer

If you have been arrested for forgery or counterfeiting, consider contacting a criminal defense lawyer to learn more about the charges you might be facing and how to handle your case. Arrange a free, no obligation consultation with a local criminal defense attorney at Total Criminal Defense. Call toll free at 877-445-1059 or fill out a free case evaluation form to get started.

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The above summary of forgery and counterfeiting is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.


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