Nevada has made many different crimes against property illegal within Chapter 205 of Title 15. Within Chapter 205 of Title 15, there are different subcategories of offenses that different kinds of property crimes are categorized within. One such subcategory relates to fraud and forgery offenses.
Fraud and forgery offenses make it illegal to take actions intended to deceive others in harmful ways. There are many different kinds of fraud and forgery offenses, including offenses related to counterfeiting seals, forging the signatures of public officials, or selling or possessing counterfeit badges or identifications of law enforcement officials.
Counterfeiting seals, forging public officers’ signatures, or selling or possessing fake badges or law enforcement ID can result in very harsh penalties if you are convicted of property crimes related to these actions. You need to be strategic in responding and develop the right approach to minimizing penalties or avoiding conviction for the crimes you have been accused of committing. Las Vegas criminal attorneys can help.
At LV Criminal Defense, we have provided representation to many defendants accused of violating laws related to counterfeiting, forgery, and other types of fraud crimes. We know the law inside and out and we can provide the personalized help that you need to respond to allegations against you. To find out more about how our Nevada defense firm can advocate for you, give us a call today.
Nevada Revised Statute section 205.175 is the part of Nevada law that deals with counterfeiting seals and forging the signature of public officials. According to the relevant law, it is illegal to fraudulent forge or counterfeit any seal of the state of Nevada. It is also illegal to forge or counterfeit the seal of any court in Nevada, or any public official who is entitled under Nevada law to have and use the seal. Counterfeiting and/or using the seal of any corporation is also illegal.
The law makes clear that you do not have to actually use the counterfeit seal in order to be convicted of this offense. If you have a counterfeit seal in your possession and custody, you know it is falsely made and counterfeited, and you conceal it, you can be charged under N.R.S. 205.175.
It is also illegal to forge or counterfeit the signature of any public officer or any public official and it is illegal to affix a true seal to a commission, deed, warrant, pardon, certificate or other writing if you affix the true seal unlawfully, corruptly, and with evil intent.
If you violate any of these rules by possessing and concealing a counterfeit seal, by having and using a counterfeit seal, by using a true seal wrongfully, or by forging the signature of a public official, you can be charged with a Category D felony offense under Nevada Revised Statute section 205.175.
You can also be charged with a gross misdemeanor offense under N.R.S. 205.175 if you manufacture, knowingly possess, or knowingly sell a counterfeit badge or identification associated with any law enforcement agency. While not as serious as a felony offense, a gross misdemeanor conviction could still leave you with a criminal record and result in a lengthy jail sentence.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
A Nevada defense lawyer at LV Criminal Defense can help you to fight accusations related to counterfeiting seals, forging signatures of public officials, selling a counterfeit badge or law enforcement ID, or possessing counterfeit identification suggesting you are a law enforcement agent.
We have the knowledge and skill to help you pursue the strongest possible defenses or to assist you in negotiating the most favorable plea deal possible under the circumstances. To find out more about the ways in which we can help you fight charges, give us a call now.