Anaheim Forgery Attorney
You Don't Have to Face Your Charges Alone
At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we have been passionate advocates
for the rights of the accused in Orange County. As a criminal defense
law firm with more than 30 years of experience, we know the complexities
of accusations and firmly believe that all our clients are innocent until
proven guilty. When you bring your case to our team, you can feel confident
that you will be represented without judgment and that your rights will
What is forgery and what are its penalties?
California Penal Code § 470 defines forgery as altering, creating or counterfeiting any signature
or part of a document with the intent to defraud. Documents that are typically
forged include contracts, I.D.s, legal certificates, historical documents,
diplomas, and currency. Individuals who are charged with forgery are often
fraud, but it can also be a form of
Examples of forgery include:
- Forging someone's signature on a check so you can cash it to your benefit
- Changing the marking on a document so that it appears to be valid after
- Creating any legal document from scratch, such as checks, I.D. cards or passports
Penalties for forgery convictions can include:
- Community service
- Prison time
Not only can these sentences limit your freedom and restrict your civil
liberties, but they can also heavily tarnish your reputation. Fraud charges
often make finding work extremely difficult, as businesses may not trust
you or may worry about their own reputation. Additionally, such a conviction
may put a strain on your finances and, in turn, your personal relationships.
Call our firm today to discuss your legal options!
Forgery Defense Strategies
Facing charges of forgery can be intimidating without a knowledgeable and
aggressive attorney on your side, especially if your charges are not based
on truth. At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, we understand that forgery
charges can have devastating consequences on your life and will do everything
in our power to ensure that you are not wrongfully convicted.
In many cases, an individual accused of committing forgery did not know
that their document was altered or counterfeit. Again, displaying a forged
document or I.D. as though it was real and valid is equal to forgery and
will be penalized accordingly; however, if your attorney can prove that
you had no way of knowing that the item was a fake, then your charges
could be dismissed.
The most essential element to a prosecution's successful conviction
on forgery charges is proving intent. Without intent, forgery charges
are rarely carried out, as it must be proven that the accused committed
the alleged crime with the intent to commit some form of fraud or larceny.
For example, the copying of a work of art itself is not a crime, until
someone attempts to profit from the copies by presenting them as originals.
This is considered forgery.
Speak with an aggressive lawyer today!
For the past 29 years, Barney Gibbs has represented clients in defense
cases and nothing else. Whereas most lawyers practice multiple areas of
law, he has dedicated his full attention to the area of criminal defense.
If you are in need of a lawyer who will work
one-on-one with you to strengthen your case and fight your charges,
contact an Anaheim forgery attorney from The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs today. We would love to review
your case at no charge to you and help you decide on a course of action.
Schedule your free
case evaluation today to get started!