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Fight Forgery Charges with Baldwin Kyle & Kamish, P.C.

Forgery is a very broad term that is closely related to fraud and counterfeiting, in that it involves the illegal altering, duplication, or misuse of a written document. Indiana’s forgery laws address an array of different criminal actions and carry severe penalties if you are convicted in a court of law.

With such a widely-encompassing and detailed legal code, it can be difficult to battle allegations of forgery or fraud on your own. It is strongly advised that you retain experienced legal counsel to help you plan and execute your criminal defense strategy.

If you are facing charges of forgery or have questions regarding your legal options, call the Noblesville criminal defense attorneys at Baldwin Kyle & Kamish, P.C. for a free consultation today.

Forgery vs. Counterfeiting vs. Fraud

The legal code considers counterfeiting and forgery as separate but closely related offenses. Counterfeiting is classified by Indiana Code Ann. § 35-43-5-2 as “A person who knowingly or intentionally makes or utters a written instrument in such a manner that it purports to have been made by another person, at another time, with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give authority.” An example of this would be signing a contract for someone else without their permission and then trying to pass it off as authentic.

Forgery, on the other hand is considered more serious by Indiana law. According to that same law, anyone who uses or attempts to use a falsified written document under the guise of another individual’s authority “…With the intent to defraud,” commits forgery. An example of this would include the use of a knowingly stolen credit card and signing the cardholder’s name, or writing a stolen check and signing the owner’s name.

Fraud, which includes providing false information, is often used to falsely obtain things like drivers’ licenses, government identification cards, or social security benefits. This can include using a legal certificate belonging to somebody else to obtain a government-issued ID card.

Forgery charges can carry stiff penalties and consequences, including:

  • Misdemeanor or Class D felony charges for counterfeiting convictions, which can result in up to three years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
  • Class C felony charges for forgery convictions, which can result in between two and eight years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines
  • Class D felony charges for application fraud convictions, including similar penalties to that of counterfeiting

The esteemed Noblesville criminal defense lawyers at Baldwin Kyle & Kamish, P.C. have thousands of cases of experience that set us apart from other firms in the Noblesville area. Attorneys Andrew Baldwin, Mark Kamish, and Kathie Perry of The Criminal Defense Team are all Board Certified Criminal Law Specialists certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an honor bestowed to only three attorneys throughout the entire state. Our wealth of experience, list of honors, and record of success makes us highly qualified to help you with your case.

Start mounting your legal defense today. Contact Baldwin Kyle & Kamish, P.C. online today for a free initial consultation.

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