The California Penal Code Section 470-483.5 gives information regarding
the offenses of forgery and counterfeiting. Forgery is defined as signing
the name of another person, real or fictitious, with the purpose of committing
fraud. If an individual was found to counterfeit a seal or handwriting
of another person, they could also be guilty of forgery. This crime also
extends to include: wills, checks, bonds, bank bills, money orders, medical
records, and more. If someone was accused of forging a driver's license
or another form of government identification card or papers, the offender
could be punished by up to one year in county jail.
If someone was accused of counterfeiting money or gold bullion or silver
bullion, they could be guilty of counterfeiting. If convicted, they could
be facing imprisonment of up to four years. If a person was given counterfeit
currency and tried to pass it off as real, they could also be guilty and
subject to the same penalties. Those who were found to have in their possession
any tool or machinery used in counterfeiting, these items will have to
be destroyed and the offender will be put in jail for two, three, or four years.
counterfeiting are classified as
white collar crimes. White collar crimes are financially-motivated usually non-violent crimes.
Other examples of these offenses include
credit card fraud,
welfare fraud. If you were accused of this crime, it is imperative that you have a strong
legal representative on your side. Our team at
Martinian & Associates Inc. has years of experience in this area of law and a Los Angeles criminal
lawyer could protect you from even the most serious charges. If you need
contact a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney from our firm as soon as possible.