Forgery is generally considered a white-collar crime that involves an attempt to illegally obtain property or money. Charges for forgery range from a misdemeanor on up to a serious felony depending on the circumstances of the case. If you are being charged with a felony of any degree or you think you might be charged, contact David Galison today to discuss your options for defending yourself against these serious charges.
There are three possible degrees of forgery charges on the books in the state of New York. The most basic is forgery in the third degree, which is defined as follows -
“A person is guilty of forgery in the third degree when, with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, he falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument.”
This charge brought as a class A misdemeanor, and comes with the maximum punishment of a year in prison.
The second and first degree charges of forgery involve more serious financial documents that have the potential to cause more harm to the victim of the forgery. Things like public records, prescriptions, and money all fall into these categories. Second degree forgery is a class D felony, while first degree forgery is considered a class C felony. A conviction of first degree forgery in New York court can lead to a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
Call our office today at 516-242-4477 for a free consultation. We will be happy to speak with you regarding the specifics of your case and help you determine your next course of action.