Fraud And Forgery
Lawrenceville Fraud and Forgery Lawyer
Charged with Fraud or Forgery in Cobb, Fulton, Forsyth Counties?
If you’ve been accused of fraud or forgery in Georgia, you should call an attorney right away. Forgery and other forms of fraud are extremely serious charges, and they often involve complexities that make them difficult to defend against. An experienced, dedicated lawyer can help you get out of these legal messes.
At Stacy Levy Law, you will find an attorney who knows how to defend you against even the most complex charges. Attorney Stacy Levy balances 30 years of defense experience with a genuine dedication to helping clients get the best possible results. Attorney Levy’s work is rooted in fighting for her clients’ rights in courtrooms throughout Georgia and asserting their rights aggressively and effectively.
Schedule a free initial consultation to work through your fraud or forgery case today. Call (770) 545-6955 or contact Stacy Levy Law online.
What Constitutes Fraud?
Fraud is considered a white collar crime that involves deception or misrepresentation to obtain someone else’s money or other assets. There are many different forms of fraud, differentiated by the means used to commit the crime or the subject matter. Some examples of fraud crimes include:
- Credit card fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Real estate fraud
- Identity theft
- Computer fraud
- Corporate fraud
- Collections fraud
These are only a few examples, but most forms of fraud are extremely serious. Even a first conviction of identity fraud, for example, could result in a decade in prison and $100,000 in fines.
What Is a Crime of Forgery?
Forgery is a type of fraud that involves creating or altering a document for the purposes of deceiving someone, and forgery is often part of a larger fraudulent scheme. Some ways forgeries can be committed include:
- forging checks;
- forging signatures on documents;
- forging medical prescriptions;
- forging works of art; and
- falsifying mortgage or banking documents.
Georgia law classifies four degrees of forgery:
- Forgery in the first degree: knowingly making, altering, or possessing any writing other than a check in a fictitious name or allegedly made by another person who did not give that authority, that the forger then utters or delivers
- Forgery in the second degree: knowingly making, altering, or possessing any writing other than a check in a fictitious name or allegedly made by another person who did not give that authority
- Forgery in the third degree:
- knowingly making, altering, or possessing and then uttering or delivering any check in the amount of $1,500 or more in a fictitious name or by another person who did not give that authority; or
- possessing 10 or more checks written without specified amounts in a fictitious name or allegedly made by another person who did not give that authority
- Forgery in the fourth degree:
- knowingly making, altering, possessing, uttering, or delivering any check written in the amount of less than $1,500 in a fictitious name or allegedly made by another person who did not give that authority; or
- possessing less than 10 checks written without specified amounts in a fictitious name or allegedly made by another person who did not give that authority
Forgery in the first degree is a felony punishable by 1-15 years in prison; forgery in the second and third degrees are felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison; and forgery in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in prison, with third and subsequent convictions charged as felonies punishable by 1-5 years in prison.
If you have been charged with forgery or other forms of fraud, you need a strong defense to avoid prison time, fines, and other serious consequences. Attorney Stacy Levy has the experience, knowledge, and tenacity to fight for you successfully. Let her protect your rights in the courtroom and your future.
Schedule a free consultation online or at (770) 545-6955 to get started immediately.
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