Colorado Springs Check Forging Lawyers
Accused of Check Fraud?
Despite the popularity of bank cards and credit cards, checks are still a popular way to submit and receive payments. Because these documents are basically pieces of paper, however, individuals can, and do, tamper with them. If an individual tampers with a check with the intent of defrauding another individual, authorities may charge him or her with check forging.
While it may seem like a relatively harmless crime, check forging is actually a felony. If the authorities are investigating you for check forgery in Colorado or have already charged you, a defense attorney is a professional you need to have on your side. Colorado Springs check forging attorney Tim Bussey of The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. will take the time to listen to the specifics of your case and tell you what you should do to prepare for your day in court.
What Forms Can Check Forging Take?
When most people think of the term "check forgery", they associate it with trying to imitate somebody's signature to cash a check. While this is one form of check forging, there are others as well. Changing the dollar amount on a check or filling in a dollar amount on a blank check are also types of check forgery. Creating counterfeit checks is another example, and individuals who have access to sophisticated equipment and experts can create forged checks that look completely authentic.
Can I Do Jail Time for Forging a Check?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes. A judge can sentence you to up to three years in prison and force you to pay fines of up to $100,000, which is enough to financially cripple many people. Your punishment will depend mainly on the type of forgery you committed, whether you have previous check forging convictions or a history of similar offenses and the amount of money you tried to take. Judges will even dismiss some check forgery cases if it is clear the accused had no intention of defrauding someone through his or her actions. An example of this could be a person signing a spouse's name with permission in order to cash a check.
All check forging cases have one thing in common: those who hope to have their charges thrown out or reduced should hire a lawyer. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. is committed to helping clients aggressively fight charges such as check forging so they can pay their debt to society and get on with their lives as soon as possible. During a free initial consultation, we will find out more about your situation so that we can discuss your legal options. Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable Colorado Springs criminal defense lawyer.