Forgery Crimes in New York
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The statutes of New York define forgery as "falsely making, completing,
or altering a written instrument" done with the purpose of deceit.
Due to the serious nature of such a crime, forgery is punished with impactful
There are several intricacies related to the crime of forgery that make
it difficult to understand without extensive experience. The Bronx criminal
defense attorney from The Law Offices of Steven H. Goldman has assisted
numerous clients with similar charges and can use that knowledge in your
case as well. You can trust our firm to put your best interests at the
forefront from start to finish.
How is forgery classified?
Crimes of forgery are categorized differently, including first degree felonies,
second degree felonies, and third degree misdemeanors. The seriousness
of your crime will dictate the classification.
Forgery classifications include the following:
Third degree misdemeanor: Simply applies to the most basic definition of forgery
Second degree felony: Includes forgery of items that create or affect legal rights, public
record, tokens used in place of money, and medical prescriptions
First degree felony: Forgery of any instruments issued by the government, such as stamps or
money, and any items used as a claim against another organization
How is forgery punished?
Based on the classification of the forgery committed, there are various
penalties that can be given to the guilty individual.
These penalties include:
Third degree misdemeanor: Imprisonment up to 1 year and a maximum fine of $1,000
Second degree felony: Imprisonment up to 7 years and maximum fine of $5,000 or double the amount
gained by the forgery
First degree felony: Imprisonment up to 15 years and a maximum fine of $5,000 or double the
amount gained by the forgery
Any one of these sentences will seriously influence many aspects of your
future. The proper defense team is an invaluable asset in such a case.
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