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Protecting You from Forgery Penalties

In the state of New York, forgery, also known as “uttering a false instrument,” can come in a number of ways. This broadly-encompassing crime can include creating a false “written instrument,” possessing one, or using one with the intent to defraud. Depending on whether or not something is stolen, your intent in possessing, and the nature of your victim, you could be facing particularly serious penalties.

At The Rossi Law Firm, our team of distinguished Buffalo criminal defense attorneys have earned numerous industry accolades for their skills and dedication to client satisfaction, including a 10.0 Superb rating from Avvo, recognition from Super Lawyers, and an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. We have the experience of more than 35 years of practice, and may be able to help you put the law on your side to help you preserve your name and freedoms from the harshness of the criminal justice system.

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Elements of Forgery

Gavel and handcuffs - elements of forgery

In order to be accused of forgery, the prosecution must be able to identify and prove that several key points must be present for the crime to have committed.

The elements of a forgery crime include:

  • Creation, possession, or use of a “written instrument”
  • The written instrument must have apparent “legal significance”
  • The writing must be false
  • The accused must have the intent to defraud

A “written instrument” that could be considered a tool of forgery could include a number of things, including a fake official identification, a document or agreement, or even fake money (a crime known as “counterfeiting”). While these instruments are all considered illegal, possessing them with the intent to defraud someone is what actually makes for the crime of forgery, regardless of whether or not you attempted to actually defraud your victim.

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