We have all heard of forgery and understand that it is a crime - but what exactly is it? It is the act of making, imitating, or adapting documents or objects with an intent of deception at its heart. There are many ways that a person can stand guilty of forgery, from writing a bad check to making a fake identification card. A Columbus criminal defense attorney should be contacted as soon as possible if you have been arrested or are facing the scrutiny of a police investigation surrounding forgery.
Forgery is a most often a felony offense, and is charged in varying degrees depending on the value of property or services involved. It is a 5th degree felony for property valued at less than $5,000, a 4th degree felony for property valued between $5,000 and $99,999, and a 3rd degree felony for property valued at more than $100,000. If the victim of a forgery is a person of advanced age, then the crime is enhanced to a 2nd degree felony.
One of the most common forms of theft in the state of Ohio is, in fact, check forgery. It is also a crime to forge another person's signature on any legal document or instrument. Although only a 1st degree misdemeanor, forging, selling, or distributing an identification card can still lead to serious penalties and having a crime of fraud and deceit on your permanent criminal record can lead to potential employers passing you over for other applicants during future job opportunities.
Prosecutors are likely to press forward vigorously with forgery charges as is their duty. Due to this zeal, however, it is possible that an innocent person could be convicted. We at The Meranda Law Firm LTD understand the vital importance of both firm legal action and a commitment to client involvement in the entire process. Our attorneys will strive to provide the dedicated service that is necessary at this critical time in your life.
Contact a Columbus forgery lawyer today for caring and tenacious legal representation.