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Forgery Defense Lawyers in Philadelphia

The Crime of Forgery in Pennsylvania

Forgery is a serious crime with substantial penalties. Defending the crime of fraud should be taken seriously. If you have been accused of forgery, hire a skilled Philadelphia forgery attorney to defend you. You will be facing a determined District Attorney who wants to prove your guilt. Let us find proof to defend your innocence. The attorneys at van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim have substantial experience defending white collar crimes.

Let our knowledgeable lawyers handle the complex fields associated with forgery. Call us today at (215) 486-0123.

Elements of the Offense of Forgery

Under Pennsylvania law, forgery is when a person has the intent to defraud or harm another person and performs any of the following:

  • Alters the writing of another without that person’s consent
  • Executes or transfers any writing while claiming it to be the act of another who did not provide permission to perform the act
  • Knowingly offers a forged document as authentic, for payment or trade

Examples of forgery include:

  • Altering a financial document
  • Falsifying another person’s signature on a check
  • Changing the amount on a check without authorization
  • Cashing a forged check at a financial institution
  • Utilizing a forged document to acquire or transfer money or property
  • Making a false real estate document like a deed

The offender does not need to deceive or defraud another in order to be guilty of forgery. The crime requires only the intent to commit the act.

Degrees of Forgery

  • The crime of forgery is classified as both a misdemeanor and felony, depending on the instrument or kind of document included.
  • Felony of the second degree involves any forged items such as postage, money, or security and is punishable by no more than ten years in prison and/or a $25,000 maximum fine.
  • When the writing being forged is a will, contract, commercial instrument, or deed it is a felony of the third degree and is subject to a maximum prison term of seven years in prison and/or a fine up to $15,000. A check is an example of a commercial instrument.
  • A misdemeanor of the first degree applies to all other types of forgery and faces a punishment of up to five years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.

Defenses to Forgery

  • The accused did not intend to mislead or injure another.
  • The accused did not possess any knowledge that a document was forged.

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Choosing the Right Firm Can Make All the Difference

  • Unrivaled Record of SuccessWe have won tens of millions of dollars for injured victims, and have achieved countless "not guilty" verdicts for clients faced with criminal charges.
  • No Challenge too BigOur firm has handled some of the biggest cases in country, including representing the President of the United States.
  • Personalized RepresentationWe understand that every case is unique. Therefore, we tailor our approach based on the facts of the case and the needs of our client.
  • Uncompromising PassionOur competitive nature is one of our strongest qualities. You can be confident that no other firm will outwork our team.
  • Holistic ApproachNot only do we want to excel legally for the client, but we also want to make sure we are strengthening their mind, body and spirt.
  • Supporting the CommunityOur team engages in many community events and regularly donates time and resources to many charitable organizations in Philadelphia.

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Home to Philadelphia’s most accomplished attorneys, van der Veen, Hartshorn, Levin & Lindheim pairs diverse practice experience with a passion-driven, comprehensive law practice—all for the client’s benefit.

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