Counterfeiting is a federal crime. It is basically the unauthorized creation of goods or documents or making unauthorized changes to these items. It is a serious crime with harsh penalties regulated by the United State government, since the scope of counterfeiting can easily extend across state lines and international borders.
If you have been charged with counterfeiting, or are being investigated, it's imperative to contact an Johnson County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. The law firm of Martin & Wallentine, LLC, has the experience to provide an excellent defense in counterfeiting cases and works hard to protect your rights and freedom.
About Counterfeiting Charges
Most people think of currency in relation to counterfeiting. This can include fully creating "fake" money, or it can mean that legitimate currency has been altered. This can extend to metals, such as gold and silver, as well as paper money.
Counterfeiting can also be the manufacture or alteration of documents, such as:
- Federal court documents
- U.S. postal stamps
- Public records
In addition, goods can be counterfeited. When someone creates a fake trademark, or manufactures or alters an item for the purpose of deceiving the consumer, he can be charged with counterfeiting.
Penalties You Will Want to Avoid
Penalties for counterfeiting currency can result in a prison sentence of up to 20 years as well as stiff fines up to $250,000. These penalties can be enhanced if the counterfeiting caused another to suffer a financial loss or someone else in addition to the defendant to gain financially.
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We have the experience and necessary skill to effectively fight for you. A case dismissal, or reduction of charges, is possible. When you contact us, we will discuss your case and advise you of the best strategy for the most favorable outcome.
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