Westchester County Forgery Lawyer
Arrested for allegedly committing the crime of forgery? You need to take
immediate action and get a strong legal force behind you. At Riebling,
Proto & Sachs, LLP, our experienced Westchester County criminal defense
lawyers understand the laws pertaining to forgery and know how to defend
these cases and protect your rights.
more than 50 years of combined experience and the knowledge from being former Assistant District Attorneys in Westchester
County and New York County, our lawyers have achieved many dismissals
and favorable outcomes involving very serious cases. To get assistance
with your case, contact us for a
Laws in New York
Forgery is usually defined as any crime where a person falsely creates,
makes or alters a written document with the intent to harm the interests
of another or to make a profit. Such “forged instruments”
can include airplane tickets, stock certificates, deeds, prescriptions,
wills, contracts, checks, ID, money and bonds. Not only can the person
who created the forged item be convicted of forgery but also anyone who
possesses the document can be charged.
Forgery can take many forms, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies and
carry harsh consequences including heavy fines, incarceration and probation.
Since forgery charges can be complex and difficult to defend, you should
have criminal defense attorneys who are experienced and knowledgeable
in order to assist you and protect your liberty.
Westchester County criminal defense lawyers have handled numerous cases and have both the ingenuity and resources
to effectively handle your defense.
Frequently Asked Questions: Forgery
What are the varying degrees of forgery in New York?
There are several degrees of forgery charges in the state of New York,
- Forgery in the third degree
- Forgery in the second degree
- Forgery in the first degree
- Criminal possession of forgery devices
- Criminal possession of a forged instrument
What will cause a forgery charge to be elevated to the second degree?
Forgery can be increased to a second degree charge if the alleged perpetrator
has intent to defraud, deceive, or injure the victim during the act. Some
of the actions that can result in a second-degree forgery charge include:
- Falsely making a document
- Completing a false document
- Altering a written instrument purporting to be a document
What are common defenses to the charge of forgery?
Common defenses that can be used when charged with the crime of forgery include:
- Lack of intent to deceive, defraud, or cause harm to another
- Lack of knowledge that the instrument in question was forged
- Mental disease or defect
- Infancy for individuals under the age of 16
Schedule Your Free Initial Consultation
If you have been arrested, charged or are under investigation for forgery
we are here to protect your rights.
Contact us online or by telephone at (914) 840-5104 to speak with a Westchester County forgery