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By Michael Arbeit
Founding Attorney

Are you facing accusations of forgery or counterfeiting in New York? These are serious charges with potentially life-changing consequences, so it pays to understand them and have a knowledgeable lawyer to defend you. Here’s what you need to know about the complex world of forgery and counterfeiting.

What Is Forgery?

Forgery involves making, changing, or using fake documents, signatures, or other items with the intention of tricking others into believing they’re real. The goal behind forgery is usually to gain something, like money or property, or to get out of certain responsibilities.

Forgery-related crimes in New York include the following:

What Is Counterfeiting?

Counterfeiting is when someone creates a copy of something, like money or designer goods, and tries to make it look like the real thing with the goal of tricking others into thinking it’s genuine.

New York counterfeiting laws prohibit the following actions:

Penalties for Forgery and Counterfeiting Offenses in New York

New York’s penalties for forgery and counterfeiting offenses depend on how severe the crime is. Less serious cases, like third-degree forgery or counterfeiting, typically result in misdemeanor charges, which could mean several months or up to a year in jail. More serious offenses, where a lot of money is involved, or the fake items could cause considerable harm, can lead to felony charges. Felony convictions can result in several years in prison. Besides jail time, you might also have to pay fines and could end up with a criminal record that affects your life long after you’ve served your time.

Because the penalties for forgery and counterfeiting in New York can be so severe, having an experienced criminal defense lawyer is essential if you are facing these charges. A skilled lawyer knows the ins and outs of the legal system and can defend your rights effectively. They can argue for a lighter sentence or even get the charges reduced or dismissed. Without professional representation, you could end up facing the maximum penalties.

Contact a New York & Long Island Forgery and Counterfeiting Defense Lawyer Today

If you’re facing forgery or counterfeiting charges in New York, Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. is ready to stand by your side. We provide a free, confidential consultation to talk about your situation and explore ways to help you. Contact us now to get started.

Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. assists clients throughout Long Island including Nassau County, Suffolk County, Garden City, and New York, including Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island, and The Bronx.

About the Author
Michael A. Arbeit, P.C. is devoted to all Criminal Defense and  Traffic related matters.  Michael practices primarily in the Criminal and County (Supreme) Courts in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens County, Kings County, New York County and the Bronx County.  Michael is also licensed to practice law in the Federal Courts of the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and the Southern District of New York (SDNY).