Chicago Forgery Attorney
Skilled Criminal Defense Lawyer for Chicago Forgery Cases
Forgery involves knowingly creating a false document, in part or whole, with the intent of deceiving an individual or organization. Common examples of forgery include depositing a fraudulent check or inserting an individual's signature into a document. As a felony offense, forgery carries severe consequences, including fines and years in prison. If you have been accused of forgery, it is imperative that you get an attorney that knows the justice system, and that you exercise your right to an attorney – the right attorney. Turn to my firm, the Law Offices of Mitch Furman. As a skilled Chicago criminal defense attorney, I have more than a decade of legal experience. I understand how to protect your rights throughout the legal process, from protecting you in questioning by investigators to creating a compelling courtroom defense on your behalf. I am committed to helping to pursue a favorable resolution for your case.
Penalties for Forgery in Chicago
In 2012, the state of Illinois broadened the definition for forgery, making it easier for police and investigators to charge and convict individuals with the crime. Under the previous law, a false document was illegal if it appeared to be created by another person. The new law states that as long as the document is false and has the ability to deceive another person, charges can be filed. As a Class 3 felony, a forgery conviction can result in a fine of up to $25,000, up to 5 years in prison, and court-ordered restitution, or repayment to the victim for the money he or she lost. While the fine is capped at $25,000, restitution is unlimited, which means individuals convicted of forgery could repay their victims for many years. Courts also may not agree with that individual's idea of a reasonable monthly restitution amount, which could result in severe financial problems for a person convicted of forgery.
Seasoned Legal Representation Can Make a Difference
If you have been arrested for or charged with forgery, it may feel as though your conviction is all but certain. That is simply not true. You have powerful rights under the law and, by working with my firm, we can determine what course of action would be most beneficial for you, based upon the facts in the case. My team and I are fiercely dedicated to doing everything possible for your situation, including working toward a reduced charge, a reduced sentence, alternatives to serving time in prison, or developing a defense that could achieve a full acquittal.
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