Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument

Most commonly, possession of a forged instrument refers to holding a stolen credit card, check book, or other means of accessing the money of another person. In recent years, as identity theft has been on the rise, the law has paid more attention to this area and dealt with offenders more harshly. If you are being charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, you should take those charges very seriously. Contact New York defense attorney David Galison right away to discuss your options in defending yourself against these charges.

There are three possible degrees of charges under this crime that you could be facing. The most basic is criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree, and it is defined under the law as the following -

“A person is guilty of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree when, with knowledge that it is forget and with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, he utters or possesses a forged instrument.”

This crime is a class A misdemeanor, meaning it can be punished by up to a year in prison. Second and first degree charges are brought in more serious cases as the potential damage and injury to the victim increases. Second degree charges are a class D felony, and first degree charges are a class C felony. A conviction on either charge would lead to a likely sentence of multiple years in prison.

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