Arizona Forgery Attorney
Forgery is considered a class four felony. It does cover a wide range of acts, but it most commonly is charged in cases where someone may have forged the signature of another person on a check or document without the consent of the person whose name they signed. This is something that can occur between close friends, relatives, and spouses.
Unfortunately, forgery cases tend to come about during divorces and other family changes. One party may say that they never gave the other party permission to sign one of their checks or another document. Even roommates who have had a falling out or business partners may issue such accusations against one another. If one of these scenarios is the case, it is important to be able to show that fact so that the matter can be dropped.
As for the penalties for forgery, they can vary based upon how many past offenses there have been For instance, a first offense may have no jail time with probation served instead. If probation is violated, the sentence could revert to up to 1 year in jail. A judge, however, may decide to move forward with the 1 year prison sentence from the start. The maximum sentence is 3 ¾ years in prison. If a person has one prior conviction, then the prison sentence can range from 2 ¼ years to 7 ½ years. If there are two previous convictions, then the prison sentence is 6 years to 15 years.
Arizona Federal Criminal Defense
There are a number of defenses that can be used in a forgery case. A person who is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time can show this. For example, a friend may have asked you to cash a check for them and they did not tell you that the check was forged. This can result in you getting arrested when it was your friend who forged the check. This is something that happens too often.
But no matter how it happened, Myles A. Schneider has the experience that you require in a case like this. This is so you can avoid the penalties as much as possible or completely. Don’t let any degree of guilt make you believe that there is no hope in your case because there is always hope with the right attorney working with you.
Contact A Phoenix Forgery Lawyer
You may have already been charged with forgery or you are simply being investigated at the time. Even an investigation says it is time to hire a qualified attorney so that work can begin on your case. The sooner this work begins, the better. Myles A. Schneider knows how to negotiate with prosecutors and this means a resolution can be reached before the case ever makes it to trial. To start working on your defense now, call us at 602-926-7373 to schedule a free consultation.