Forgery is a broad category of crimes that generally involves the falsification of information on a form or document. The most common example of forgery is when a person copies (forges) a person’s signature and uses it without their consent. Forgery is typically classified as a white collar crime and can often involve state or federal charges.
Some common examples of forgery include:
Some defenses to forgery include:
Lastly, only documents of legal significance can be forged. Forgery crimes do not apply, for instance, to certain works of art such as paintings, although copyright laws barring such activity might apply.
Penalties for forgery may include civil damages for losses caused by the forgery, as well as criminal consequences including jail time or criminal fees.
Forgery laws are very strict, especially if they involve government officials or government forms. You may need to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you need help with a forgery case. Your attorney can inform you of your rights and can provide you with legal guidance during the entire process.
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