The last time some readers of this criminal defense legal blog may have thought about forgery, it was regarding their attempts to sign something for their parents. While kids may get try to get away with forging their parents’ signatures on school papers and end up with minor punishments, adults who allegedly forge documents can face much stiffer sanctions. This post will examine a few important facts about forgery under New Jersey law and readers can seek counsel from trusted attorneys for advice on their specific forgery cases.
Fact #1: Forgery is a crime of deception
The purpose of an alleged forgery is to deceive someone by the use of a wrongful signature or mark. Generally, the person who commits the forgery will be benefited or enriched as a result of the forgery. Through their benefit, another party may be harmed.
Fact #2: Forgery is not just about writing
Under New Jersey law, forgery can be alleged when someone purportedly forges a copy, printing, or any additional method of recording. Forgery is more than trying to copy someone’s signature. It is important that readers understand the crime has a far reach and broad scope.
Fact #3: Forgery is a graded crime in New Jersey
Different types of forgery may receive different levels of sanction. For example, if a person is alleged to have forged many documents or to have in their possession a machine that allows them to forge documents, they may receive a stiffer charge and penalty than someone who forges a single document.
Forgery is a serious white collar crime. Even though it does not involve violence, it can still result in heavy penalties. It is possible to fight white collar crime charges and provide defenses to prosecutors’ attacks.