Have you been Charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument or Forgery?

If you are charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument or Forgery you could face anywhere from a fine, probation, or years in prison. Forgery in the first degree occurs when, with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, a person falsely makes, completes or alters a written instrument which is or purports to be or which is calculated to become or to represent when completed anything ranging from money, stamps, and checks to credit cards, wills, and bond certificates.

Depending on the type of matter you are alleged to have forged, you could face a misdemeanor or even class C Felony.
Criminal possession of a forged instrument is a related offense that only requires your possession of something that is forged with the knowledge that it is forged. A person is more likely to be charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument rather than forgery because it is easier to prove mere possession of the instrument versus commission of the act of forgery.

Regardless, the consequences of either charge could possibly be years in jail. If you are charged with either crime you need to know your rights and the possible punishments you could face. There may be defenses available to you of which you are unaware. We are experienced in handling forgery related charges and can help you obtain the best resolution possible. Call us to discuss your options.