Under Investigation For Forgery?
The crime of forgery occurs when a person knowingly signs someone else’s name, fakes someone’s handwriting, or falsifies a document related to money or property, with the intention of committing fraud or presents a false document as genuine and true.
At the Law Office of Jonathan M. Harvey in Columbia, South Carolina, I help individuals accused of forgery and other white collar crimes in state and federal courts. With more than 35 years of experience in criminal law, I have handled many complex cases involving allegations of financial crime.
If you believe you are being investigated for forgery or a related offense, it is important to contact a lawyer immediately as these charges can have severe consequences.
Types Of Forgery And Penalties
Forgery may be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanor forgery is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000, while a felony forgery charge may result in up to 10 years in jail and a fine to be determined by the judge.
Common examples of forgery include:
- Writing fake medical prescriptions
- Signing another person’s name on a check
- Altering financial documents
- Using another person’s credit card without his or her permission and forging his or her signature on the receipt
- Creating a fake deed or other real estate document
- Substituting fake pages within a will
Call For A Consultation
When I take on a case, it is more than simply a transaction; it is the beginning of a strong attorney-client relationship. I will help you understand the charges you are facing, make wise decisions about your case and put you in the best possible position for the future.