Forgery Defense Lawyer on Long Island

Tough Advocacy for Defendants

Forgery laws can be complicated and difficult. Understanding what to do next if you have been accused of a white collar crime such as forgery requires the individual skill and insight of an experienced Long Island criminal defense lawyer.

At The Law Offices of Scott Gross, P.C., we are committed to our clients and experienced in helping accused individuals defend their rights. Our firm can provide the quality services and resources of a large firm, combined with the attention and customized approach of a smaller firm. Get the balanced and strategic representation you need to combat your accusations today.

We encourage you to contact our office for a free consultation.

What is forgery?

Forgery is the intentional falsification or alteration of a written document or signature — referred to as a "written instrument" — with the intent to defraud. This is a serious crime and it is considered a felony in all 50 states. As is the case with other white collar crimes, forgery is a federal offense.

Examples of forgery may include:

  • Falsifying another person's signature on a check
  • Making a fake identification card
  • Altering academic records or transcripts
  • Changing the contents of a will

Penalties for Forgery in New York

Penalties for forgery can be very severe and may include jail or prison time, extended periods of probation, substantial fines, and mandatory restitution. Some states, including New York, have different degrees of felonies. For example, in New York, a first degree forgery involves falsification of stocks, bonds, securities, and currency.

In second degree forgery, the written instrument is a government document, pharmaceutical prescription, or a public record. Both first and second degree forgeries are felony crimes. Third degree forgeries are misdemeanors, and involve all other types of falsified documents.

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As a former prosecutor, our attorney knows how to defend you in the most effective manner possible— no matter how complex your case may seem.

Call The Law Offices of Scott Gross, P.C. today to schedule your free consultation with our team.