What are the penalties for check forgery in New York?



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    If you make, alter, or falsify legal documents with the intent to defraud any person in New York, you will be charged with forgery as this is fraud. Forgery is a serious criminal offense that carries significant penalties. Keep reading and contact one of our skilled Nassau County Criminal Defense Attorneys to learn about the potential penalties you may be subjected to for check forgery.

    What is check forgery in New York?

    In New York, forgery is defined as, “any person who makes, completes, or alters a “written instrument” with the intent to use it to defraud another person.” Essentially, forgery is the act of criminally making or altering written instruments for deceit. Check forgery can be committed in several different ways. Firstly, you may steal a blank check and forge the account holder’s name to get cash. Additionally, you may attempt to wash a check. Generally, you would steal a check through the mail, and erase all information besides the account holder’s signature to cash the check. Moreover, you may forge a check with fake information that passes off as a legitimate check. Nevertheless, check forgery is a serious criminal offense that can be classified as a misdemeanor or felony offense both of which carry significant penalties including jail time.

    How is this offense punished in New York?

    Like other criminal offenses, the penalties will vary in severity depending on the degree of forgery you are convicted of. In New York, if you are charged with forgery in the third degree, your offense is classified as a Class A misdemeanor. You will be subjected to up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. However, if you alter a check or possess fake checks that exceed $2,000, you will be charged with a Class D felony in the second degree. Forgery in the second degree is punishable by jail time of up to seven years and a fine of up to $5,000. If you are charged with forgery in the first degree, this offense is classified as a Class C felony. As a Class C felony, you will be subject to jail time of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $5,000. If the amount stolen does not exceed $2,00, that does not mean you will not be charged. You will still face serious consequences for uttering a forged instrument. This type of theft will result in a Class D felony.

    If you are someone who has been charged with a fraud-related offense such as check forgery, it is in your best interest to retain the legal services of a trusted and determined Nassau County criminal defense attorney. Our firm is committed to helping you prevent harsh penalties and reach the best possible outcome.


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