Forgery Attorney in Santa Barbara
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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.
At 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 40 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.
At Appel & Morse, we work to ensure our clients understand what is happening with their cases and how to best defend their interests. Our mission is to obtain the best results based on a true understanding of each client's unique circumstances.