If you are accused of the act of forgery, you could face serious penalties. Forgery refers to producing copies of documents like banknotes, signatures, documents or art as well. For example, a student who signs a promissory note for their parents would technically be forging their signatures.
As a white collar crime, forgery is taken seriously by the state and federal governments, especially when that forgery leads to fraud or other negative outcomes. Usually, it’s required that either larceny or fraud occur alongside forgery for a case to be held against a defendant.
What’s a good defense against a forgery allegation?
Every case is different, so not all people can use the same defenses. However, there are some circumstances that benefit from proving that deception wasn’t intended.
Forgery performed with the intent to deceive others may be a crime, but if someone forges a signature or work of art and explains that they did so, then that might not be. For instance, if a parent gives their child permission to sign the school’s promissory note in front of the admissions counselor, then there is probably no case to be had. Similarly, a student who sells a piece of art and explains that it is a copy of a popular piece also wouldn’t necessarily face this charge.
Where is true criminal forgery seen most?
Forgery most often takes place in a criminal sense when a person uses someone else’s signature to sign important documents or to make purchases. For example, signing a check to yourself from another person’s bank account would be a case of forgery.
What can you do if you’re accused of forgery?
If you’re accused of forgery, it’s a good idea to talk to your attorney about what happened and why these allegations have been made. There may be some confusion that can be easily cleared up, or you may need to mount a strong defense to prove that you did not intend to defraud others with a forgery. If you can show that you never intended to deceive anyone involved in a case, then your attorney may be able to help you have the charges dropped or lowered.