As defined by Bucks County law and inclusive of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, forgery is the altering or writing by one not authorized to do so, specifically with a presentment in some sort of financial gain or attempt at financial gain.
One example involves writing instruments or electronic instruments used for a signature or an act that requires a presentment to a financial institution or other entity for financial gain that is not authorized by the original signatory. If you are facing charges, working with an experienced Bucks County forgery lawyer could lead to the minimum rather than the maximum penalties. Contact an experienced fraud attorney today to begin your case.
Some of the most common charges of fraud in Bucks County involve the fraudulent signatures or the attempt to transfer the property of another by deed. Another common charge is the use or signing of financial credentials, such as a credit card and driving license, and presenting it in a manner consistent with trying to get some form of monetary or pecuniary interest or benefit from it.
Forgery, like other crimes of fraud, also involves the charges of theft, theft of services, and receiving stolen property. Additionally, forgery is charged as a felony of a third degree in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, thus carrying a maximum sentence of a three and one half to seven years’ incarceration and $15,000 fine.
In a forgery case, the prosecution must show certain elements to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt in order to achieve a conviction a felony of the third degree.