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Falsification

Falsification, as defined by Ohio law, means making a false statement or knowingly affirming a previous false statement, when any of the following applies:

  • It’s made in an official proceeding
  • It’s meant to incriminate another person
  • It’s made to mislead a public official in performing their duties
  • It’s made in an attempt to receive any kind of benefits from the government
  • You’re trying to receive a governmental license, permit, or other form of documentation
  • It’s sworn or affirmed before a notary public or someone else with the power to administer oaths
  • It’s in writing or connected to a report or return that is required or authorized by law
  • It’s in writing and you’re trying to receive credit; employment; a degree, diploma or certificate; award of excellence or honor; or any other valuable distinction
  • You’re trying to commit or enable someone to commit theft
  • You made it to a probate court
  • You made it on any kind of form or document that is required by law
  • You made it in connection with a gun purchase (or provided false ID)
  • It was written on a judgement, lien or claim of indebtedness
  • It was made on an application for concealed carry
  • You were applying to have cigarettes or other tobacco products shipped to you

Every day in central Ohio people are charged with falsification.  Depending on the severity of the allegations, falsification charges can range from a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail to a third degree felony punishable by up to 36 months in prison.

If you are convicted of resisting arrest, additional potential issues include:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

Simply put, if you are convicted of falsification, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who is not trustworthy. Therefore, it is critical that you give your falsification charge the level of importance it deserves.

The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with falsification. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful and what other legal issues can be raised on your behalf.

We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review

Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.

If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.

For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with falsification. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.

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If you’ve been charged with falsification, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced falsification attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com.

This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs
This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six months to one year
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $2,500
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs

Falsification in a theft offense

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This is a misdemeanor of the first degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 180 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $1,000
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs
This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six months to one year
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $2,500
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of nine months to three years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
  • Liability for any financial loss, injury or death that comes about as a result of this, and for the associated court costs
Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

According to Ohio law, this is not a valid defense for falsification charges.

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