Have you ever signed your husband’s name to a check or other legal document because he was out of town and a pressing issue couldn’t wait? Or maybe you signed your boss’s name at work so you could finish a task more quickly or easily? Technically speaking, both are crimes; they’re forgery. You’d have a defense in the first instance. In all likelihood, you didn’t sign your husband’s name in an effort to steal from him or otherwise harm him. You’re married, so your signature was probably to both of your benefits. However, in the latter instance, you might be in trouble.
Forgery is defined in the Florida Code as falsely making, altering, forging or counterfeiting documents ranging from a check for payment to an insurance policy or deed. It is considered a white collar crime, but that does not mean it is not serious. Forgery is a third degree felony in the state of Florida, punishable by up to five years in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
If someone suspects you of forgery, you cannot bury your head in the sand and hope the whole thing will blow over or that you can explain your way out of it. You need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to fight for you, someone who knows your rights and knows what defines reasonable doubt. If and when someone presses charges against you or the state becomes aware of your action, the prosecutor will try to prove that you acted maliciously when you altered the document you are accused of tampering with. The lawyers at Katz & Phillips will work hard to prevent that from happening. Such problems can easily happen to any one of us, and we will give you and your case the respect you deserve.
Call us as soon as possible, preferably before charges are leveled against you. If charges have already been leveled it’s not too late. We will meet with you and evaluate your situation so we can come up with the best possible defense. Contact our law firm today so we can help you.