Counterfeiting is also considered a “paper crime,” and occurs when you alter an existing document without authorization. The most common counterfeit documents consist of: Checks, Money orders, Deeds, Titles, and Documents used in identity theft crimes, such as driver licenses.
The crime of counterfeiting falls under fraud and in order to convict you, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that: (1) The document in question is counterfeited; and that (2) you made the counterfeit document with the intent to defraud or cheat someone.
In the state of Michigan, Counterfeiting is a felony and can carry a maximum penalty of up to 25 years in prison depending on the type of counterfeiting that was committed. Some of the most common counterfeiting offense stems from the following;
– Uttering and Publishing a counterfeit transaction device is a 14-year felony. MCL 750.249b
– Possession of counterfeit notes is a 7-year felony . MCL 750.252
– Uttering counterfeit money is a 5-year felony with fines up to $2,500.00. MCL 750.253
Because counterfeit charges can cover such a broad array of crimes, you should contact the Law Office of Barton W. Morris, Jr., for an immediate consultation to find out more about your specific charge. Barton W. Morris, Jr., is dedicated to researching and understanding the subtle nuances of a forgery charge and takes an aggressive approach in pursuing each and every case.
If you have been charged with counterfeiting in the Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy or any surrounding area and want the best legal representation, call Michigan Criminal Attorney Barton Morris at (248) 541-2600. Attorney Barton W. Morris, Jr., was recently voted Top Attorney in Metro Detroit for 2012 and 2013. Having conducted multiple dozens of jury trials gives Attorney Barton Morris, Jr., the experience necessary to effectively handle every criminal matter and persuade any jury that the prosecution cannot and has not proven their case.