The crime of forgery is a felony under both Florida and Federal law. Forgery
is when one falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a document
while intending to injure or defraud some person or firm. In other words,
a forgery is the action of creating or producing a replica, or facsimile
of a document, signature, banknote, coins, artwork, or like items that
purports to be the bonafide original when it is not. Uttering a forgery
is when one tries to pass off the forgery as real to another individual
or entity. Uttering is a separate and distinct crime because of the additional
requirement that is be “passed off”, but it is punishable
as a felony just the same as forgery. Most often, forgery occurs with
checks, money, money orders, deeds, contracts, or loan documents. Forgery
laws also apply to those in possession of counterfeited materials such
as money, coins, or art.
Under Federal law, forgery and uttering is a felony and is punishable by
a fine and/or a term of imprisonment up to, and not to exceed, 20 years.
Under Florida law, forgery and uttering is a felony of the third degree.
Conviction of this offense is punishable by a fine not to exceed $5,000
and/or a term of imprisonment not to exceed 5 years.
Attorney Paul Petruzzi has over 22 years of experience defending those
charged with forgery offenses. It is important for one to hire an experienced
attorney when faced with this type of fraud crime. Attorney Paul Petruzzi’s
knowledge and expertise in this field of law is a vital asset to anyone
charged with these crimes. Call today for a free consultation.