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The crime of forgery is defined as making or issuing a public record, legal document or some form of certification without proper consent or authority in an effort harm another party for the purpose of obtaining a personal gain. Altering a document or record is also considered forgery. If you have been charged with forgery or any other white collar crime, it is imperative that you contact a skilled Tampa federal criminal attorney right away.

Penalties for Forgery

Forgery can either be a state or federal crime depending on what was forged and the value of the property gained. Typically, money is the target or forgery schemes. The penalties for forgery may include:

  • A prison term of ten years and a fine of up to $25,000 for the forgery of government documents including currency, stamps, stocks or bonds.
  • A prison sentence of up to seven years and fines of up to $15,000 for the forgery of contacts, deeds or wills.
  • Other cases or forgery are generally considered misdemeanors and are punishable by a maximum of five years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.

Any of these penalties can affect the rest of your life. A conviction can make it impossible for you to hold certain jobs, result in the denial of credit applications and even limit where you will be able to live. Being charged with any crime is a stressful and intimidating experience that can damage your relationships with both your family and the community.

At Taracks & Associates, our forgery attorney in Tampa understands what you are going through. Our compassionate firm will be with you every step of the way aggressively protecting your rights and your future.

Defending Against Forgery Charges in Federal Court

Unlike state prosecutions, the time between arrest and trial is much shorter in federal cases. Involving our energetic and resourceful firm as soon as you can is crucial to your case. We will meticulously examine and investigate your case to identify the weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. Our knowledgeable attorney will interview witnesses and gather evidence seeking every opportunity to effectively defend your case. We believe in being prepared. Our firm may be able to help you achieve the most favorable result available.

Contact a Tampa forgery defense lawyer from our trusted and confident firm for an aggressive defense against forgery charges.

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