Forgery is also considered a “paper crime,” and occurs when you sign someone else’s signature to a document without permission, or alter an existing document without authorization. Documents that are most commonly forged include: Checks, Money orders, Deeds, Titles, and Documents used in identity theft crimes, such as driver licenses.
The crime of forgery falls under fraud and in order to convict you, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that: (1) The document in question was forged; and that (2) you forged the document with the intent to defraud or cheat someone.
In the state of Michigan, Forgery is a felony and can carry a maximum penalty of up to 14 years in prison depending on the type of forgery that was committed. Some of the more common forgery charges and penalties include the following:
-Uttering and Publishing a forged transaction device is a 14-year felony. MCL 750.249b
-Forging a check is a 7-year felony. MCL 750.251
-Having a forged check in your possession is a 7-year felony. MCL 750.252
Because forgery 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 forgery 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.