Long Island Criminal Forgery Lawyer

There are several types of forgery crimes pursuant to the New York Penal Code. Forgery can cover a broad range of alleged crimes that can include forged checks and credit card receipts, counterfeit passports, the creation of counterfeit money, and falsifying information with the intent to deceive or defraud another person.


Forgery in the First, Second, and Third Degrees

To better understand New York forgery law, here are how the statutes are broken down:

Forgery in the Third-Degree: forgery in the third-degree is considered a Class a Misdemeanor, and pertains to a person, with intent to defraud, deceive, or injure another party by falsely completing, making, or altering a “written instrument.” A written instrument is defined as “any instrument or article, including computer data or program, or printed material” used for the purpose of recording false information to deceive another.

Forgery in the Second Degree: forgery in the second degree is considered a Class D Felony, and pertains to a person – as noted above – that attempts to falsify or misrepresent:

1       A deed, will, contract, commercial instrument, credit card, codcil, or assignment

2       A public record, or instrument required, filed, or authorized by law with a public office or public servant

3       An officially created or issued written instrument by a public office or public servant

4       A certificate or manufactured article designed as a symbol of value to be used in place of money for the purchase of services and/or property

5       A written prescription by a licensed physician


Forgery in the First-Degree: forgery in the first-degree is considered a Class C Felony, and pertains to a person – as noted above – that attempts to falsify or misrepresent:

1       Any part or issue of money, securities, stamps, or other valuable instrument issued by the government

2       Any part or issue of stocks, bonds, or other instruments representing interests in corporations, etc.


Penalties for Forgery in New York

A conviction for the most basic forgery, or third-degree forgery, can bring a sentence of up to one year in prison, and a fine of up to $1000. A conviction for a Class C Felony is punishable by a up to 15 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5000, or double the amount of the gain the accused received from committing the forgery crime.


Providing a Defense

Whether you have been recently accused was arrested for a forgery crime in New York, it is crucial that you contact a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. Our firm has free consultations available so give us a call today.