In Virginia, forgery is a felony regardless of the amount or value involved in the commission of the fraud. Forgery also must involve the false making or altering of a writing. Under Virginia law, forgery is a class 5 felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine.
However, it is important to note that when a person forges a writing and attempts to use that writing, he or she has committed two offenses -- forging, and what is called "uttering". Therefore, each offense is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and that means the maximum time such a person would face is up to 20 years in prison.
At the criminal defense firm of Ronald E. Smith, P.C., we not only have the legal knowledge required to handle forgery cases, but we have the experience needed to handle them as well and effectively help our clients pursue a favorable outcome.
Contact us online or by telephone at 703-539-5825 today to speak with a knowledgeable Fairfax, Virginia, forgery defense lawyer at Ronald E. Smith, P.C., about the charges you are facing and our legal services.
Our attorneys defend clients charged with forgery that originates under the following circumstances:
- Creating fake documents
- Making unauthorized changes to existing documents
- Signing another's name with the intent to defraud, including check forgery or credit card fraud Link to Fraud
- Putting someone else's name on any legal record such as a ticket, summons, bail document or other paper making a promise or stating a truth
We also consult with handwriting experts, when needed, to dispute evidence offered by the prosecution to prove a fraud charge. We will always pursue a reduction or dismissal of the charges as well as a not-guilty verdict at trial, but if this is not possible, our top priority will be to aggressively negotiate for the best plea deal that is viable.
Contact an Experienced Forgery Defense Attorney Today
Contact the office of Ronald E. Smith, P.C., today because we are committed to protecting our clients' rights and freedom as effectively as possible. Call 703-539-5825 to schedule a free telephone consultation with our forgery defense lawyers.