Counterfeiting & Forgery
Federal Counterfeiting Charges in Florida
Miami Federal Defense Attorney
Counterfeiting is a criminal offense that involves creating false replicas of an item. This may be some form of currency, such as paper money or coins. It may also relate to legal or financial documents, as in the case of bonds, marriage certificates, postage stamps, or passports. In more recent years, counterfeiting has become increasingly common in cases involving designer goods: watches, jewelry, handbags, clothing, and accessories.
A person may face federal charges for counterfeiting if he or she is suspected of creating or dealing in counterfeit currency or goods. Even possessing materials for the purpose of counterfeiting is a serious offense. If convicted of counterfeiting legal tender, a defendant may face up to 20 years in prison along with heavy fines. Specific penalties, however, may vary depending on the unique case.
Charged with Forgery in Florida?
Forgery is defined as the act of making an unlawful copy or replica of something in such a way as to deceive others into believing it is genuine. Forgery is most often committed for financial gain and is a term that may be used interchangeably with counterfeiting. Forgery may be related to financial or legal documents, prescription forms, medical records, identification documents, and more. It may also be related to such criminal offenses as fraud and identity theft.
Forgery may be charged under state or federal law, depending on the particular case. If charged as a federal offense, the defendant will likely face more aggressive prosecution and an investigation by federal agencies that will have more resources, time and manpower to dedicate to forgery investigations.
At times, federal investigations may last for months or even years as federal agencies attempt to gather as much evidence as possible against the defendant (who may not even be aware that he or she is the subject of an investigation).
Charged with counterfeiting or forgery in Miami-Dade?
If you have been accused of counterfeiting, you may be in danger of facing federal charges and serious penalties if you are convicted. Make sure you have the immediate legal counsel of a skilled Miami criminal defense lawyer to defend you against a conviction as well as the repercussions of criminal charges alone, such as damage to your reputation or business.
Attorney Michael Mirer can offer you the level of legal representation you deserve, as well as the personal attention and exceptional client service that will bring you better peace of mind in this difficult time. With over a decade of experience as a trial attorney as well as a background as a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, attorney Mirer has the experience and knowledge to competently handle your case.
Your initial consultation with the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. is free, and our office accepts calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact a Miami federal defense lawyer from our firm today to learn more about your counterfeiting charges.
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