Forgery Cases in Richmond
Accused of forgery? Contact a criminal defense attorney immediately.
Forgery is a type of fraud and a very serious felony crime that, depending on the specific and any related charges, is punishable by fines and/or a maximum prison sentence of 20 years. If you or someone you love is facing forgery charges, you have some very important decisions to make that may seriously affect your life, your future and your family’s future.
Perhaps the biggest decision you’ll have to make is choosing a knowledgeable Richmond criminal defense lawyer with extensive experience in complex cases like forgery. You’ll want a skilled litigator to aggressive fight for your rights and the best possible outcome for your case. This is no time to settle for anything less.
A Closer Look at Forgery
Forgery can be defined as the act of knowingly making, modifying of falsifying any written instrument with the intent to defraud or deceive. What does that mean? Let’s take a closer look.
As you can see, there are two distinct elements involved in forgery. Both elements, the “intent” and the “act”, must be legally achieved for a crime of forgery to exist. One without the other is not sufficient enough to make a case for forgery under the law. Conspicuously absent, however, is the concept that another person or entity must be injured by the forgery. That’s because forgery requires only that the intent and the act may have been prejudicial were the forged written instrument authentic. For example, let’s say someone found your checkbook, filled it out and signed your name with the intent defrauding you and the bank. This written instrument achieves the definition of forgery whether or not the person attempted or was able to cash it. The intent and the forged check itself (a written instrument) if authentic may have deceived a banking institution or its employees to cash it. And that is forgery under the law.
A Richmond Forgery Defense Lawyer Can Help
Remember, this discussion addresses only a basic definition and clarification of forgery. There are many types and classes of forgeries (and punishments) encompassed by the law. As you can see, forgery is a complex matter that, when brought to court, often involves analysis, interpretation and even testimony from handwriting and other experts. Because of this, and because of the seriousness of the crime, if you or someone you love is facing forgery charges, contact a Richmond criminal defense lawyer from The Law Office of Debra D. Corcoran. We are very skilled and experienced litigators, dedicated professionals you can trust to aggressively defend your case, vigorously protect your rights and tirelessly serve your needs.