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Forgery usually refers either to making false checks or false identification cards. Less often, it can refer to forging official documents or works of art.
Every day in central Ohio people are charged with forgery offenses. Forgery charges can range from a fifth degree felony, punishable by up to one year in prison to a first degree felony, punishable by 3-11 years in prison.
If you are convicted of a forgery offense, additional potential issues include:
The Columbus forgery attorneys take a two-pronged approach to all forgery cases. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made and what 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, video surveillance and recorded interviews. 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.
The second approach taken by the Columbus forgery attorneys with LHA is to identify whether you have a substance abuse problem. If so and that was a factor in your commission of the forgery offense, we will try to negotiate your admittance into a treatment program in lieu of prison or potentially a conviction in your case.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus fraud lawyers have successfully represented individuals charged with forgery. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with forgery, 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 forgery attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Power of attorney means that you can legally act on that person’s behalf on financial matters; co-signing on their bank account means you are authorized to withdraw, deposit and write checks from it.