Forgery typically involves the use of another’s signature or documents for the purpose of intentionally deceiving another for financial gain.
What is a Forgery Charge?
Under California Penal Code 470 P.C., you can be prosecuted for Forgery if you sign the name of another person or even of a fictitious person with the intent to commit fraud.
The following are examples where you can be charged with Forgery: billing statements, business checks, business formation documents, cashier’s checks, contracts, employment applications, LLC or corporation paperwork, money orders, personal checks, real estate transactions, stock certificates, traveler’s checks, etc.
Forgery is a “wobbler” offense, meaning that the prosecutor can charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the facts of the case and your criminal record. If the monetary value resulting from the alleged forgery is under nine hundred and fifty dollars ($950.00), then you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor.
What are Examples of Forgery?
Examples of situations involving Forgery include the following:
What Does the Prosecutor Need to Prove for a Forgery Charge?
To prove that you are guilty of Forgery under California Penal Code 470 P.C., the prosecutor must prove each of the following elements (as required by the Judicial Council of California Criminal Jury Instructions CALCRIM 1900):
What Happens If I am Convicted of a Forgery Charge?
If you are convicted of Forgery under California Penal Code 470 P.C., you face the following punishment (excluding any sentencing enhancements):
What are My Possible Defenses to a Forgery Charge?
Forgery cases can often be resolved during the investigation stage even before criminal charges are actually filed. Specifically, a highly experienced and skilled Los Angeles County Forgery attorney like Ninaz Saffari might be able to convince the investigating detective to not refer the case to the District Attorney’s Office for prosecution, or to convince the D.A.’s Office not to file charges if the case has already been referred. These are called Pre-Files, which Ms. Saffari has a great deal of experience in successfully negotiating. See her Case Results.
If you are charged with Forgery, Ms. Saffari will first conduct a thorough investigation, often with the help of her private investigator, to ascertain all relevant facts. Again, if possible, she will attempt to get the charges dismissed either before or shortly after they are filed. If she takes the case to trial, she will often use an expert witness who will argue that the alleged harm never occurred, did not occur to the degree claimed, occurred but was the result of an accident or unintentional conduct, or that the District Attorney has otherwise failed to provide enough evidence to meet the high threshold to prove Forgery.
The following are the possible defenses to a Forgery charge:
What Kind of Forgery Charges Has Ninaz Saffari Defended?
Since 2005, Ninaz Saffari has successfully represented many clients against Forgery charges, including both as felonies and misdemeanors.--
If you or a loved one are currently being investigated or prosecuted for this crime, it is critical that you immediately hire a highly skilled, aggressive and experienced Los Angeles County Forgery criminal defense attorney like Ninaz Saffari. Contact the Saffari Law Firm, P.C. now for a free telephone consultation. If Ms. Saffari believes she can help you, she will immediately schedule a free in-person meeting or, if you are in custody, she will visit you in jail (again, for free and with no obligation to hire her).
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