Forgery (Penal Code section 470) is a “wobbler” offense which means it can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. What the prosecutor has to prove at trial depends on the specific facts of your case, however some things the prosecutor may have to prove include:
Alternatively, the prosecutor may just have to prove one of the following:
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor forgery, you can be sentenced up to a year in county jail. If you are convicted of felony forgery, you can be sentenced for 16 months, 2 years, or 3 years in State prison.
Forgery charges can become serious and carry heavy federal penalties. It may seem funny to see someone fake another person’s signature. But when the police and prosecutors get involved, they could demand you make restitution for your crimes, pay heavy penalties, perform community service or something more severe. At times, it can bar you from doing business with a company that knows you have a criminal reputation. Felony and misdemeanor forgery charges can be life altering, and only a skilled criminal defense lawyer can properly defend you from such charges.
Generally, there are only a few legal defenses against charges of forgery. A qualified criminal defense attorney could argue that there was no specific intent to defraud someone or that the forgery would not have deprived someone of their legal rights or interest. Our experience has been that challenging the element of intent is the most effective legal defense. The attorneys at Premier Federal Criminal Defenders possess the knowledge, skill and experience to craft a unique criminal defense and protect your freedoms and your future. retaining our skilled law firm can be your best chance at avoiding a conviction.
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