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Los Angeles & Beverly Hills Forgery Defense Attorney

Accused of Forgery?

In general, forgery is defined as signing a document with someone else's name.  However, forgery Charges can take many forms.  These charges are serious and can lead to severe consequences if you are arrested or charged.  If you or someone you know is facing this situation, contact a Los Angeles Criminal defense lawyer from Marks & Brooklier for exceptional legal representation. 

Forgery crimes are specifically noted in California Penal Code sections 470 to 483.5. A forgery offense occurs when you intend fraud in the following manner:

  • Sign a document with a name that is not yours
  • Counterfeit or forge the seal or handwriting of another
  • Alter or falsify a record of a will, codicil, conveyance, or court judgment
  • Falsely make, alter, or offer as authentic and genuine any of the following documents:
    • Check, bond, bank bill or note
    • Trading stamp, power of attorney or certificate of ownership
    • Certificate of any share or interest in stock of any corporation or association
    • Release or discharge of any debt, real or personal
    • Transfer or assurance of money, certificates of stock, goods or any property
    • Letter of attorney, or other power to receive money or to receive or transfer certificates of share of stock or annuities
    • The acknowledgment of any notary public or an acknowledgement of a notary public who issues an acknowledgement knowing it is false
    • Cashier's check, traveler's check or money order
    • Controller's warrant
    • Request for payment of money
    • Bill of exchange, promissory note or assignment of any bond
    • Contract, due bill for payment of money or property receipt for money or property
    • Lottery ticket

Depending on the seriousness of the charges, forgery can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony.  It is punishable by imprisonment in state prison of up to 3 years or in a county jail of not over 1 year.. However, if you have prior convictions, you will have significantly harsher sentences.

Beverly Hills Forgery Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are faced with forgery charges, you want to obtain the best legal counsel you can.  At Marks & Brooklier, we have over 40 years of experience serving Los Angeles County.  We have helped numerous clients successfully in the defense of their criminal charges.  With the skill and resources available to us, we can successfully defend your case against fraud charges.  Contact our caring and dedicated attorneys for your initial free consultation.

Marks and Brooklier, P.C. represents clients on state and federal crimes in all Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County and San Fernando Valley courthouses including LAX Airport, Lancaster, Alhambra, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Downtown Los Angeles, Compton, Downey, East Los Angeles, Fullerton, Glendale, Hollywood, Laguna Hills, Long Beach, Malibu, Orange, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Pomona, Redondo Beach, Riverside, San Fernando, Santa Ana, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Sylmar Juvenile, Torrance, Ventura, Van Nuys, Westminster and Whittier.

Accused of Forgery? Contact the Law Office of Marks & Brooklier today!

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