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Forgery Charges

Philadelphia Forgery Charges Lawyer

Modern technology has, in many situations, made forgery easier to accomplish. As technology continues to advance, those utilizing it to deceive are in a race against those attempting to stop them. Law enforcement is often right behind those who commit forgery, and getting away with it for some period of time is not entirely uncommon. However, technology is not the only means of committing forgery. Often, you can be charged with forgery for such activities as signing another person's name, passing off another person's document as your own, or even merely giving or transferring a forged document to another person.

Pennsylvania seriously punishes those convicted of forgery. Prison time, restitution, fines, and a criminal record will follow those convicted for the rest of their lives. If you have been accused of committing forgery, you will need attorneys who will fight on your side, and do what is necessary to achieve the best results possible. The criminal defense attorneys with The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. will work for you.

Forgery Defined

Under the Pennsylvania Criminal Code, a person who intends to defraud or injure another - or facilitates such - via an altered writing, printing, etc., is guilty of forgery. The statute includes the following as acts of forgery:

  • (1) An individual's altering of any writing of another person without said person's authority. For example: Taking a person's executed will, removing the first page, altering the language and re-attaching the page to the document.
  • (2) The making, completing, execution, authentication, issuance, or transfer of any writing so that it purports to be of another person who did not so authorize the activity. For example: Taking your employer's checkbook, filling out the check, and using it to your own unauthorized ends.
  • (3) The making, completing, execution, authentication, issuance, or transfer of any writing so that it purports to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than what was factually correct. For example: Changing the date or other such information on a vehicle title so as to create a document which misrepresents the vehicle.
  • (4) The making, completing, execution, authentication, issuance, or transfer of any writing so that it purports to be a copy of an original when no such original existed. For example: Creating a deed to a property which you have no ownership over and presenting it as a copy of said deed in an attempt to maneuver and claim ownership
  • (5) Providing a document which an individual knows to be a forgery as if it was in fact authentic. For example: Attempting to sell a forgery of a historical document as if it were the original.

The grading of these crimes ranges from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the second degree. The penalties vary based upon the grade of the crime, but all carry potential jail time, significant fines, and a conviction will be reflected upon your criminal record for the rest of your life.

Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

A lawyer will analyze the information at hand, and develop a strategy to achieve the best results possible. Whether this means focusing on discrediting any potentially adverse evidence or proving that your actions were authorized by the appropriate party, such that your act did not amount to a forgery, your attorney should fight these charges to the absolute best of their ability. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. certainly will. Call today to schedule an entirely free consultation with one of our Criminal Defense Attorneys.

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