Noblesville Criminal Defense Attorney
Fight Forgery Charges with The Criminal Defense Team
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 Baldwin, Kyle
& Kamish at The Criminal Defense Team for a free consultation today.
Forgery vs. Counterfeiting vs. Fraud
The legal code considers counterfeiting and forgery as separate but closely
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
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
The Criminal Defense Team 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 The Criminal Defense Team online today for a free initial consultation.