Houston Forgery Lawyer
If you are charged with forgery, your prospects of future employment and personal freedoms are at stake. Whether you are being accused of forging checks or other documents from a small business or from a large corporation, a conviction for this crime can have devastating consequences on the rest of your life.
What is Forgery?
Forgery is a crime in which a person not only endorses a check with the name of another person, but fallaciously writes anything under another person’s identity. Here are some common examples of this crime:
- Altering, completing, or executing any written article without authority including an unauthorized act or fabricating an original document, when in fact one never existed.
- Acting upon the result of the forged item. This includes issuing, transferring, publishing, or registering, or completing any act under the forged information
- Possessing a forged item with the intent to utter its contents or by intending to use it in any matter.
If you are accused of committing this crime, you may be facing large fines and time in prison. An aggressive criminal defense lawyer can defend your rights and help you fight your charges. The skilled forgery attorneys at the Miller Law Group will stand by your side and fight for your rights.
The Possible Consequences of a Conviction
Depending on the circumstances of your case, forgery can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. In the state of Texas, forging a will, deed or any other legal document is a felony that carries up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. An individual who forges a check or postage stamp may be charged with committing a third-degree felony. A conviction for this kind of felony carries up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Defending Against Accusations
If you have been accused of forging documents, it is necessary to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to create the best legal strategy for you. Here are some possible defenses against this crime:
- If you unknowingly possessed forged documents or didn’t realize they were forgeries, a skilled lawyer may be able to argue that you did not intend to commit a crime. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you acted with an intent to defraud the victim.
- If the crime occurred under an instrument of good faith in which you believed you had the authority to execute the written change to a document on behalf of the victim, you may have a legitimate defense.
- If you were under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the commission of the crime, a skilled attorney may argue that your judgment was affected and your level of “guilty knowledge” may be reduced. While being intoxicated can not erase the charges, it is a defense that can significantly reduce your charges.
- A res judicata defense demonstrates that the circumstances of the crime for which you are charged are different from any crime from which you were acquitted of during a previous charge. This defense can be useful when the forgery includes many signatures on the same piece of paper.
Contact a Houston Forgery Lawyer
If you are facing forgery charges, it is imperative to hire a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney immediately. Attorney Gary S. Miller is an expert in criminal law who will do whatever it takes to protect your rights and reputation.
Call the Miller Law Group, PLLC at 713-866-6233 and learn about your legal options.