Have You Been Charged With Forgery?
Counsel from a Skilled Anaheim Criminal Defense Lawyer
Forgery is one of the most commonly charged white collar crimes, but that
does not necessarily make it a minor offense. Depending on the circumstances,
forgery can be charged as a felony and, if convicted, the accused may
be subject to significant jail time.
If you've been charged, then it is time to speak with proven legal
counsel. At The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs, Mr. Gibbs brings more than
30 years of legal experience to his clients' cases and, in the time,
has successfully handled more than 2,500 criminal cases in the local court system.
Put your case in trusted hands.
Call an experienced Anaheim criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs now.
When most people think of forgery, they often think of mimicking someone
else's signature on a document for some kind of personal gain. This
is an example for forgery-- but is not the only kind. California Penal
Code 470 PC defines forgery in much broader terms.
In California, forgery is committed when:
- The accused signs someone else's name.
- They alter or falsify any legal document.
- They fake or steal someone else's handwriting.
- They present a fake or altered document pertaining to money or property
as a genuine article.
Forgery is a "wobbler," which means it can be charged as a felony
or misdemeanor. If the forgery is committed to illegally obtain money
or goods valued at $950 or less, it is considered a misdemeanor and can
result in a maximum of one year in jail. For larger sums of money, it
is considered a felony and result in a maximum of three years in jail.
Begin a Proactive Defense Today
Like many other white collar crimes, it is not unusual for forgery to be
charged multiple times—and penalties can begin to stack up against
the accused very quickly. That is why it is critical to take a proactive
stance against your forgery charges. Swift action by competent legal counsel
on your behalf can help ensure you stand the very best chance at having
these charges are reduced or even dismissed.
Start your defense today. Contact The Law Office of Barney B. Gibbs today for
free case evaluation.