Los Angeles Forgery Attorneys
Our media has written forgery off as a less serious crime. Something that probably won’t have a large impact on your life if you’re accused of it. But that isn’t at all true. A forgery charge, like most criminal charges, can tear your life apart, and leave you with broken relationships, no job, and a terrible reputation.
Forgery is a serious crime that requires the experience and mindfulness of a powerful defense team fighting by your side. That’s why, if you have been accused of forgery, you should contact Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP for the best possible defense. We have years of experience as criminal defense attorneys, and know our way around the system. We understand that you are likely feeling frightened and stressed, unsure of what your future will look like. Contact us at (213) 688-0460 and let’s discuss your Los Angeles white collar crime case, and what we can do to help you feel secure again.
California Penal Code 470 outlines the details of forgery, which is the knowledgeable signing, altering, making, or using a fraudulent written document to illegally obtain something of monetary worth from a person and/or a business. The document can be handwritten, printed, typed, or recorded in some way with words and used as a legal document.
Forgery is a complex issue that can either be a misdemeanor or a felony and either a state or federal crime, all depending on crime severity. Several examples of forgery include:
- Forging a signature
- Digitally altering a document
- Filing invalid insurance documents
- Writing a bad check
- Forging artwork
Forgery is usually a charge that accompanies other charges and the prosecution must prove that a person had specific intent to defraud an entity. Usually, the charge is designated as a misdemeanor or felony based on the amount of money involved in the activity.
The prosecution must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a person had full knowledge and intent to create an invalid document. They must present the actual document and prove that the person they charged with forgery was the person who signed or created said document.
California Penal Code Section 473 addresses the penalty phase of a conviction, though penalties will vary depending on the specifics of the crime, the position of the victim, and any other charges pending.
The crime is determined to be a misdemeanor if the value of the supposed forged document is not worth over $950 in total value. A person convicted of the misdemeanor will not face over a year in jail and may be given probation for a time instead. You could be given fines of up to $1,000.
Felony forgery penalties are worth over $950 and can bring you up to three years of incarceration and fines up to $10,000 not counting the restitution you may have to pay and community service you may be required to do.
Penalties for these crimes go above and beyond incarceration and fines. You can be denied certifications and jobs based on any convictions. There could be social consequences for having a record and there will be economic downturns from job loss and time away from work. A great defense is essential for your freedom and your family's future.
We can help you defend yourself if you have been accused of forgery by hiring our own professionals who investigate the government's claims without a preordained agenda. Our team's investigation is more thorough than that of the official investigators for the simple fact that we look at the problem from every possible angle, which the investigators do not have time for.
Our team works to suppress irrelevant evidence and dismiss any charges that aren't valid. Most importantly, our team is aggressive when it comes to protecting our clients in and out of the courtroom as we create a fully legal and valid defense that disproves the prosecutor's claims of intent.
There are several defensive positions we can take. First of all, if it wasn't you, then it wasn't you and may even be a case of mistaken identity or false allegations. Were you coerced or is this a case of entrapment? Were you suffering from any psychological issues at the time? Does the prosecution have any accurate evidence of any wrongdoing? Our team is tenacious and ready to back you up under any circumstances.
Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP operates in Southern California but our expertise goes far beyond that. We know how to navigate the pitfalls of the media due to our high-profile clientele and have learned to use it to our advantage.
We have extensive experience in white-collar crimes and have proven top-rated and positive results in many, many cases. We truly understand your fear and our amazing team offers the best defense with the greatest resources available.
Call us at (213) 688-0460 or contact us through our website to schedule a free consultation. Come discuss your future with us.
Recent Case Results
- Complete Dismissal of Molestation Charges
Attorney Mark Werksman’s 29 year old client was falsely accused of molesting two neighborhood children and was subsequently charged with felony child molestation, with a significant prison sentence hanging over his head should he be convicted. Instead, at the preliminary hearing Werksman was able to convince the court to grant his client a complete dismissal of any charges.
- Decision Set Aside
Client, a college student in a faulty Title IX case, was awarded $130,000 in attorney fees.
- Probation with No Jail Time for Drug Money Laundering Charge
Wilmington man accused in New York federal court of laundering drug money through the sale of laptop computers. Mark was able to get the case transferred to federal court in Los Angeles, where he convinced the United States Attorney to reduce the charges. His client was sentenced to probation with no jail time on a misdemeanor conviction.