Nevada has imposed strict laws against forgery, fraud, and related offenses. There is an entire subcategory of Chapter 205 — which is the part of the state’s penal code detailing property crimes — that criminalizes certain fraudulent behaviors connected with forgeries.
One of the behaviors that has been made illegal within Chapter 205 of Title 15 is possessing or receiving forged instruments or bills. If you violate this law, you could be charged with a serious crime and could face harsh penalties. The offense is a felony, which means you could face a lengthy prison sentence and could be left with a felony criminal record that affects your future in many profound ways.
You need to respond assertively if you have been accused of any type of property crime, including possessing or receiving forged instruments or bills. LV Criminal Defense can help you to take action. Our legal team will work closely with you to determine whether the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to convict and to determine what defenses you can raise or tactics you can take to introduce reasonable doubt as to your guilt.
We can also help with the negotiation of a plea agreement if you wish to try to limit penalties by reducing charges or getting a recommendation for lenient sentencing from the prosecutor assigned to your case.
You should contact a Vegas criminal defense lawyer as soon as you have been accused of a crime related to possessing or receiving forged instruments or bills. Our firm has extensive experience handling cases connected with property crimes, so give us a call today to find out how we can help you.
Nevada Revised Statute section 205.160 is the statute that sets forth the definition of the crime of possessing or receiving forged instruments or bills. According to the relevant statute, it is illegal to have forged bills or instruments in your possession or to receive forged promissory notes, bank bills, travelers checks, or other related bills if you receive or possess bills or forged instruments with the intent to defraud anyone.
A prosecutor must prove both that you have the bank bill, bill for payment of money or property, forged promissory notes, or other forged bills in your possession and must prove that you intend to defraud a person, corporation, or the body politic. The prosecutor also must prove that you knew the forged instruments were counterfeit.
The same statute also makes it illegal to have or keep in your possession any blank or unfinished bank note, travelers check, bill for payment of money or property, or other related instrument, with the intent to fill out the instrument, or cause it to be filled out or completed, so it can be used to defraud.
Violating any of these laws could result in conviction for a Category C felony offense under N.R.S. 205.160.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
A Vegas defense attorney at LV Criminal Defense can provide you with representation and advice as you respond to charges in connection with possessing or receiving forged instruments or bills. Our legal team has helped many defendants accused of violating N.R.S. 205.160 and has helped many defendants accused of violating other property crimes laws.
We know how these types of cases work, we understand the laws in Chapter 205 inside-and-out, and we can help you to respond assertively and strategically to charges in a way that is aimed at minimizing or avoiding penalties or consequences.