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Forgery

East Brunswick NJ Forgery Defense Attorneys

Forgery is an offense that can result in Middlesex County from a wide variety of conduct. Whether a charge involves allegations that you attempted to pass fake/counterfeit cash, the forging of a check, or presenting false identity documents like a driver’s license, N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1 (“Forgery and related offenses”) can cause serious problems. Our attorneys have years of experience formidably representing clients arrested in Metuchen, East Brunswick, Edison, South Plainfield and other municipalities. If you have been charged with forging a document, obtaining CDS by fraud or theft by deception, we are former prosecutors and skilled criminal defense lawyers with over 100 combined years in practice. A lawyer is prepared to meet you in our East Brunswick Office or speak to you immediately at 732-227-1200.

Forgery Offense in Middlesex County

N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1 is the New Jersey statute which targets forgery related violations in Edison and elsewhere in Middlesex County. The key component of a forgery offense is a “writing” including, but not limited to, money, official documents, passport, driver’s license, credit cards, badges, tokens, prescription drug tablets and pads, gift cards, sales receipts and labels. A charge for forgery can result in one of three ways at the Superior Court in New Brunswick NJ. Another fundamental requirement is that the writing was forged by the defendant for the purpose to defraud or injure another person. If both of these core elements exist (i.e. writing used to defraud or injure), a forgery arises when someone: (1) alters or changes the writing of another; (2) issues a writing that purports to be the writing of another; or (3) utters a forged writing.

Material Elements. There are three (3) elements which must be proven by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in order to convict you of forgery. The first thing that has to be established is the existence of a writing of another. Second, the accused must have altered, completed, executed, authenticated, issued or transferred the writing, or uttered the document with knowledge that it was altered or subject to a fraudulent practice. Third, the state must prove that the defendant had a purpose to defraud or injure someone when they engaged in the aforesaid conduct.
 
Grading of Offense. Forgery is always an indictable offense that can only be heard at the New Brunswick County Courthouse. When the forged, counterfeit or altered writing is a government issued document such as a New Jersey Prescription Blank, involves securities (e.g. stock, bond, etc.) or memorializes an  interest or claim against any property (e.g. deed, mortgage, etc.), the violation is a third degree crime. The charge is also a third degree crime where the writing is a check. In all other instances, forgery is a fourth degree crime.
 
Penalties. Fourth degree forgery carries penalties that include a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 18 months in prison. A third degree forgery results in a fine of up to $15,000 and a term of incarceration that can reach 5 years.

Possession of a Forgery Device. A separate offense arises when the violation involves possession of forgery devices. A conviction for possessing a device used for forging, altering or counterfeiting written instruments, including scanners, plates, and computers, a third degree crime.

New Brunswick Forgery Lawyer

Forgery is a felony criminal offense that must be sent to New Brunswick since that is where the Middlesex County Superior Court is located. The Superior Court is the only venue where allegations of forging a driver’s license, check or other document can be adjudicated. The lawyers at The Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall have considerable knowledge in what it takes to effectively litigate cases at this level and include a former supervisor in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Whether you were charged with forgery in New Brunswick, Piscataway, North Brunswick, Old Bridge or Sayreville, we have the tools to help you. To speak to a lawyer on our staff anytime 24/7, call our New Brunswick Office at 732-246-7126.