The Many Forms Of Forgery
Forgery and identity theft claims are aggressively prosecuted by the government at both the state and federal level. When your freedom, future and reputation are on the line, hire a lawyer who will fight for you.
At Randall & Stump, PLLC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys are available when you need us. Depending on the facts of your case and the strength of those facts, resolutions may be available, including a possible dismissal. With a board-certified specialist in state and federal criminal law, and attorneys who wrote the book on criminal procedure in North Carolina, we know how to aggressively defend your rights.
Intent To Deceive/Defraud
Forgery, which is also known as uttering a false instrument or counterfeiting, is punished as a felony both in state and federal court. To commit an act of forgery, a person must make, alter, use or possess a false writing with the intent to defraud.
Forgery can take many forms, from signing another person’s name to using a false identification card to obtain a line of credit. The key in any forgery case, whether under investigation or charge, is to determine the government’s ability to prove the defendant’s intent to deceive. In other words, the government must show that the defendant knew the documents to be false to prevail at trial.
There are many other important factors to look at in each case to determine the likelihood of success. Regardless of what some might tell you, there is no cookie-cutter approach to defending white collar allegations. Instead, each case is very fact-dependent and the case is typically won or lost on the details.