Arizona Counterfeiting Lawyer
Counterfeiting and forgery are both very similar in that they involve deliberately cheating or tricking someone by making false documents or items look real. It is possible for someone to be falsely accused of counterfeiting and then there are times when the crime may not be as bad as it looks. Despite what happened, the one way to have a better future is to have a competent criminal defense attorney standing with you from the moment you call them until a conclusion is reached in your case.
Definition Of Counterfeiting
An act is considered counterfeiting if it does any of the following:
- Deliberately deceives another in order to achieve an unlawful or unfair gain
- Tricks another person
- Cheats another person
- Involves a person assuming a false pose or becoming an imposter
Money can be counterfeited, as can checks, documents, antiques, coins, and other items of value. A person may tell another that a coin they want to add to their coin collection is genuine. The victim buys the coin to then find out later that it was not genuine at all. Even artwork can be counterfeit. If an art dealer has an original painting duplicated and then tells the buyer that the painting is genuine, they are attempting to sell a counterfeit painting. If they sell the painting, they have sold a counterfeit painting and at the value the original would have been purchased at.
Phoenix Federal Crimes
It is very possible to be accused of counterfeiting without actually committing the act. There are individuals who have been victims themselves and when they try to re-sell an item or they pass money or checks without knowing they are counterfeit, they can be charged with a crime. As unfair as this seems, it is a must for a qualified attorney to show that no knowledge existed that the items were fake.
For example, a guitar enthusiast buys a guitar off of a friend who says that it is an original. The buyer is given a “great deal,” but still pays a lot of money for this guitar. Later, the buyer decides they no longer want the guitar, so they go to a local music shop to see if they will buy the guitar. The next thing they know, the music shop owner is telling them that what they are trying to sell them is counterfeit. The music shop can either let the matter go and not buy the guitar or call the authorities. If the matter is let go, the buyer could go back to the seller regarding the counterfeit sale, demanding money back because there is no way the buyer will ever be able to sell the guitar. In other words, they are at a major loss unless they take some kind of legal action. It may turn out that the original buyer was not aware that the piece was counterfeit.
Contact An Arizona Counterfeiting Attorney
Counterfeiting is a serious crime and one that is prosecuted very aggressively. The law does not tolerate fake items being passed off as genuine to move through the market, whether those items are objects or financial instruments. If you have been charged with this crime, then it is very important that you call Myles A. Schneider today. Even if you are being investigated, call us now at 602-926-7373 to schedule a free consultation.