Aggressive Forgery Criminal Defense in Tempe
Criminal offenses under the category of forgery can in fact encompass a fairly broad array of activities. Generally speaking, however, the Arizona legislature has determined that forgery has occurred if an individual, with fraudulent intent, by either:
- Falsely making, completing or altering a written instrument; or
- Knowingly possessing a forged instrument; or
- Offering or presenting, whether accepted or not, a forged instrument or one that contains false information
Bank checks or drafts represent the most commonly used written instruments, and their forgery tends to involve the presentation or false endorsement to a financial institution or check cashing enterprise. Alteration of documents with a generally fraudulent intent, including the signing of other names to credit card applications, the use of false identities to secure employment or the changing of other key facts to obtain a benefit can fall into this classification.
Arizona takes crimes of this nature very seriously, and by statute, forgery is designated as a class 4 felony. As such, convicted offenders can face upwards of 3.75 years’ imprisonment, fines reaching $150,000 and 4 years of supervised probation, just for a first offense. In addition, payment of restitution to victims will also be mandatory.
There can be no doubt that the impact of a forgery conviction can be severe. Employment prospects can be irretrievably damaged as can the ability to rent property or conduct other vital financial transactions going forward. The stakes really are very high, and that is why it is crucial to mount a strong legal defense should charges of this nature ever arise.
Should you have the misfortune of finding yourself on the wrong end of a forgery allegation, attorney Robert A. Dodell is prepared to assist you personally. With substantial experience fighting back against charges of forgery in Tempe, I will work aggressively to assert your rights and safeguard your freedom and your future. To learn more about your legal options and to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation, contact Robert Dodell by phone at 480-860-4321 or by sending a direct email message.