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.

Forgery Definitions

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.