Maryland Counterfeiting & Forgery Lawyer
Counterfeiting and forgery can take many forms. The penalties for these charges vary depending on the item or document forged and what it was used for. Counterfeiting something like a designer bag or fashion item is usually prosecuted via fraud and trademark laws. Forging something like money or official documents, however, is considered much more serious and is considered a federal crime.
The Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates in Baltimore has a team of highly experienced federal criminal defense attorneys. We can provide the knowledgeable counsel and representation you need when arrested for a white collar offense such as counterfeiting.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today by calling (443) 709-9999.
About Counterfeiting Charges
People can be charged with counterfeiting even if they had no idea they were in possession of a forged item or document. However, just because you are arrested does not mean that you will be convicted. Intent matters in these cases.
If you did not realize you were in possession of a counterfeited item, then you and your attorney will need to make this clear in the courtroom. The burden is on the prosecution to prove that you knowingly possessed and used a forgery.
Forged items and documents that can be charged as federal crimes include:
- Government documents
- Military documents
- Postage stamps
- Tax papers and receipts
- Power of attorney documents
In addition to charges relating to possession or creation of a forgery, you can also be charged if you own the tools to create counterfeits, alter motor vehicle identification numbers, or sell currency-like items such as tokens and passes.
Enlist the Help of Our Capable Defense Lawyers
Counterfeiting penalties typically include fines that can reach over $200,000, and significant prison sentences. Our counterfeiting lawyers in Boston understand how the prosecution builds their case and what defendants can do to fight back.
Contact the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates today at (443) 709-9999 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team.