Simply put, yes, it is. However, there are state laws against it as well. Both federal and state laws give severe penalties for any type of forgery, counterfeiting or, altering documents and instruments. It depends on the type of document altered.
For example, vital government documents are at the top of the penalty list. Let’s say you create a fake birth certificate and present it to the DMV to prove identity, this can get you in a lot of trouble. It is a felony in all fifty states and with the federal government. More often than not, forgery is prosecuted at the state level.
However, other types of forgery are felonies under federal law. For example, identity theft is a felony under federal law that is punishable by a fine and years in prison. Federal law also prohibits forging immigration documents or military discharge credentials. If a forged document is moved across interstate lines whether on person or mailed or even emailed, or if the forgery occurs in multiple states, then it is considered a federal offense.
If you have been charged with forgery you need to call us today to defend your rights and protect your interests.
Forgery involves the production, changing, use, or possession of a false document or writing in order to commit a fraud. It can be in many methods, from signing another person’s name on a check to falsifying your title for your car. If you make false currency, it is called counterfeiting and this is a major crime.
Even if you think what you have done is no big deal, you can be assured the government will come down hard on you. Forgery is seen as a threat to the institutions that form American systems that keep this country going. If you have been accused of or charged with forgery then you need a lawyer who can substantially undermine the governments case. We will go through every detail and fact to properly and successfully defend you.
Not all fake writings meet the definition of forgery. To be charged with forgery the writing in question must not only have legal significance, but it must also be fake. To have legal significance, a document need not necessarily be a legal or government-issued document–it must pertain to legal issues of rights and responsibilities.
Therefore, fake business letters or notes from business partners may be the subject of a forgery charge. However, signing your name to a letter you did not write to a relative doesn’t reach the level of forgery because it doesn’t have legal implications.
A person must have intent to defraud someone or some entity [a government agency, bank, corporation]. The intent element prevents people who possess, pass on, or sign fraudulent documents without knowing that the documents are fake from being subject to prosecution. Our lawyers are here to guide you back to innocence.