Forgery And Theft Criminal Defense Services
The mere accusation of fraud or theft can leave your reputation in shambles. Whether or not there is merit to the claim, it’s critical to get in touch with a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. We understand that people sometimes make poor decisions and act impulsively. We’re not here to judge, we’re here to help minimize the damage to your life.
Penalties For Forgery Charges In Indiana
To prove forgery in court, the prosecution must show that you made or possessed a document of legal significance that was altered with the intent to defraud. Forgery cases can be either felonies or misdemeanors depending on the nature of the crime. Identity theft and forgery to defraud the U.S. government (filing fraudulent tax returns, falsifying immigration documents, etc.) are felonies and lead to federal charges. Carrying or mailing a forged document across state lines is also a felony that leads to federal charges.
We start building our defense strategy on the three factors of possession, alteration and intent to defraud. At a minimum, disproving or minimizing the significance of any of these factors can help reduce penalties. In the best outcomes, we may be able to get your charges dropped.
Penalties For Theft Charges In Indiana
The state of Indiana does not designate thefts as petty thefts or grand thefts, but penalties are determined by the amount of stolen money or the value of the stolen property. When multiple items are stolen in a single crime, the prosecution will combine the value of all items into a single claim.
Penalties for theft range from up to a year in jail and fines up to $5,000 for thefts valued under $750 to a fine of up to $10,000 and up to six years in prison for thefts valued at $50,000 or more.
Contact Ziliak Law Office For A Consultation
Ziliak Law Office has built its reputation on high-quality criminal defense services. For more than 25 years S. Neal Ziliak has been defending the rights of people facing felonies and misdemeanors. Our legal team has the experience and knowledge to be your advocate in the courtroom and work for the best possible outcome.