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The Law Offices of Proetta & Oliver

Hudson County

Criminal Defense Lawyer

"We have successfully defended our clients against thousands of Criminal, DWI, and Municipal Court charges throughout Hudson County and New Jersey."

- William A. Proetta, Esq.

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Forgery 2C:21-1

Check Forgery Lawyer in Hudson County, New Jersey

A Forgery charge can arise from a number of different ways and is normally a companion charge to a more serious offense given the nature of the crime. For instance it is not uncommon for a defendant arrested for forgery to also be charged or implicated with offenses such as a Fake ID, Credit Card Fraud, Theft by Deception, Prescription Fraud and Check Fraud. Forgery has become an increasingly more prevalent crime which is probably mostly attributable to digital age, widespread credit card use, and an increased illegal immigrant population in need of documents. However, these charges are quite serious and are considered indictable offenses which will be handled in the County Superior Court. If you are convicted of forgery you could fact penalties which include a permanent criminal record, restitution, probation, prison incarceration and deportation if you are not U.S. citizen. At Proetta & Oliver we are dedicated to representing our clients against criminal offenses charges such forgery and related crimes. We have successfully defended clients against thousands of charges including forgery throughout New Jersey. We represent individuals charged with forgery through Hudson and Essex Counties including Newark, East Orange, North Bergen, Montclair, Union City, and West New York. We will analyze the weaknesses in the State’s case against and work with the prosecutor at obtaining a successful resolution, which can include a dismissal of the charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with forgery then contact us at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation with an experienced forgery attorney or to schedule an appointment at our Jersey City office.

2C:21-1 New Jersey Forgery Law

For your reading convenience we have cited the New Jersey statute against forgery, in pertinent part, and provided it below.

§ 2C:21-1. Forgery

Forgery. A person is guilty of forgery if, with purpose to defraud or injure anyone, or with knowledge that he is facilitating a fraud or injury to be perpetrated by anyone, the actor:
(1) Alters or changes any writing of another without his authorization;
(2) Makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize that act or of a fictitious person, or to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed; or
(3) Utters any writing which he knows to be forged in a manner specified in paragraph (1) or (2).

To sum up the statute penalties, forgery is normally considered a fourth degree crime which is punishable by up to 18 months in prison. However, the offense can be upgraded to a third degree crime depending on certain “aggravating” factors. We have added a chart below to breakdown the situations when a forgery charge can be upgraded to a third degree offense.

What Are The Penalties for Forgery?

 

Third Degree Forgery, ONLY IF

  Forged check
  Forged money, stamps, stocks or prescription blanks
  Forged 15 or more retail sales receipts
  Possession of forgery devices

West New York NJ Forgery Attorney

Indictable cases such as a forgery charge can quickly spiral out of control and become very difficult and complicated. Navigating the court system without an experienced criminal lawyer is comparable to walking with a blindfold. It is down right dangerous and you’re gambling your life and welfare. The law firm’s founding attorney, William Proetta has handled thousands of criminal and municipal charges during his career and many involving forgery offenses. In fact, we are often able to secure our clients a downgrade or even acceptance into Pre-Trial Intervention where the charges will ultimately be dismissed at completion. We represent clients charged with forgery throughout New Jersey such as Jersey City, Bayonne, Kearny, Hoboken, Harrison, Belleville, and Nutley. We understand that every client and every case are different and that each must have a separate defense and set of tactics tailored around the facts of the case. We make it our top priority to work hand in hand with our clients so that they feel comfortable and confident throughout the entire process and know that one of our attorneys is only a phone call away at all times. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime of forgery or other related criminal charges, then contact our office at (201) 793-8018 to speak with experienced forgery lawyer during free initial consultation or to schedule an appointment.