Marietta White Collar Crimes Lawyer
Understanding Forgery Charges
Forgery is defined under state law in Georgia Code §16-9-1 (2012),
and it includes any act of making, altering or possessing a written instrument
including checks, such as by using a false name or changing a document
so as to misrepresent the identity or authority which is responsible for
making the item. It includes a wide range of
white collar crimes which are generally aimed at securing a financial gain or an economic
advantage. There are four degrees of forgery, with different possible
sentences depending on the severity of the offense.
What is the penalty for forgery?
Forgery can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances
of the offense. Fourth-degree forgery is a misdemeanor, with a maximum
penalty of one year in county jail, while third, second and first-degree
forgery are all felonies with sentencing ranging from a minimum of one
year and up to fifteen years in state prison. In addition to serving time
behind bars, you would face a future of living with a criminal record,
which can make it difficult or even impossible to find suitable employment.
Former Prosecutor Defending Your White Collar Crime Charges
It is in your best interests to contact a
Marietta criminal defense attorney from Henrickson & Sereebutra immediately after learning that
you are under investigation for forgery. Whether you are suspected of
violating state law or if you are accused of a
federal crime under Chapter 25 of Title 18 of the United States Code, the consequences
you face are far too serious for you to take any chances with the outcome
of the situation. By choosing the firm to represent your case, you will
have a team of former prosecutors with more than 40 years of combined
experience on your side.
Call the firm today for a confidential consultation.