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You are probably worried about the California forgery charge that you have just received. You are most likely nervous about your freedom and where you stand. The bad news is that forgery is a serious offense that can end with you spending time in jail. The good news is that a licensed and trustworthy attorney can help you stay out of jail. All you have to do is make the first move by calling the firm and scheduling a consultation. An attorney will gladly start building a solid defense strategy for you.
About the Crime of Forgery
People think of signing someone else’s name when they hear forgery because that is the most common violation that people commit. The field of forgery is a little bit more extensive, however. It includes signing someone else’s name to commit a fraud. You cannot go to jail just for signing your ex wife’s name on a piece of paper, but you can go to jail for signing your ex wife’s name on a check that belongs to her and then cashing it. Another example of forgery is falsifying a medical prescription or a doctor’s note so that you can gain disability benefits or an unexcused absence from work. Altering legal documents can count as forgery, as well.
Penalties for Forgery in California
The crime of forgery can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony. A misdemeanor case of forgery is punishable by jail time of up to one year in prison. A felony charge of forgery is punishable with up to four years in prison. The value of the forgery and some other circumstances play a role in the way the authorities view the crime. For example, a forged money order that has a value of less than $950 may only carry a sentence of up to one year.
Defenses for Forgery
Even a misdemeanor crime can ruin your life if you receive a conviction. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is your best bet. The attorney can help you by first trying to discredit the prosecution. Police have to use appropriate search warrants. They have to ensure that they follow proper protocol when they make an arrest, as well. Furthermore, the prosecution must prove that you intended to defraud someone when you signed someone else’s name on the document. Failure to provide sufficient evidence can be a cause for an acquittal. Failure to follow protocol can be a cause for a dismissal.
How an Attorney Can Help
An attorney can help you even if your case does not end in an acquittal or dismissal. An experienced attorney has negotiation skills. This person may be able to persuade the judge to lighten or alter your sentence if you do receive a conviction for the crime of forgery. The goal is a dismissal, but the attorney can help you even when the case outcome looks grim.
Ask Us for Assistance With Your Case
Our team is comprised of well seasoned attorneys who have the credentials, statistics and personality to provide you with the highest level of representation. They will be delighted to help defend you in your forgery case. The hope is that you end up with a clean record so that you can live the rest of your life in peace. You can schedule a consultation by calling us on the phone or completing a short form. Our specialists are available to speak with you about your problem. Trust in our work, and you may see legal miracles occur before your eyes.