Forgery in California
Let Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Lawyers Protect Your Rights & Future
If you’ve been arrested for and charged with forgery in California,
you are facing severe penalties and damage to your reputation and career.
It is imperative to obtain experienced legal representation from a qualified lawyer.
Appel & Morse, we have helped people facing forgery and other
white collar crime charges by reducing their charges, lessening their fines, or dismissing
their case altogether. With more than 30 years of combined experience,
we understand what it takes to obtain the best results possible and help
you get your life back on track.
California Forgery Laws & Penalties
In California, the crime of forgery occurs when a person knowingly does
any of the following, with the intent to commit a fraud:
- Sign someone else’s name
- Change or falsify any legal document
- Fake a seal or someone else’s handwriting
- Alter, fake, or present as genuine a false document relating to money,
finances, or property
Forgery is considered a wobbler, which means that it may be charged and
punished as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The maximum jail sentence
for misdemeanor forgery is one year, while the maximum prison sentence
for felony forgery is three years.
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The facts involved in forgery charges are typically complex. Our Santa
Barbara criminal defense attorneys can help you use those facts to assert
legal defenses in order to beat the charges. Whether you were falsely
accused or you didn’t intend to defraud anyone, we are committed
to protecting your innocence and your freedom.
Contact us and schedule a
free initial consultation immediately.