NYC Forgery Criminal Lawyers
What is a Written Instrument?
A written instrument includes written documents, such as a will or a check. But it also includes computer data, computer programs, money, tokens, and personal identification. Any item used to indicate evidence of right, value, or privilege also falls within the New York legal definition of written instrument.
New York’s definition of forgery is purposely expansive. The New York legislature did so to account for new methods of forgery made possible by technological advances. For example, creating, possessing, or using electronic currency such as bitcoin to commit fraud is forgery.
New York courts even count cable TV boxes as a written instrument. In 2006, a defendant was charged with forgery for altering cable TV boxes to receive pay channels without paying for them.
A misdemeanor charge is forgery in the third degree based on New York’s Penal Law. This is a basic forgery charge. But the charge is elevated from a misdemeanor to a felony based on which documents or items were forged.
What is Felony Forgery?
Forgery is a felony in some cases. Forging the following items in New York count as a second degree felony:
Forging the following items in New York count as first degree felony:
Contact a Lawyer for Help with a New York Forgery Charge
If you’re facing a forgery charge in New York City, it’s time to contact a lawyer. Forgery is a serious crime that can land you in jail. Contact the Law Offices of Robert Tsigler, PLLC to get the help you need.
Our dedicated criminal defense lawyers provide high-quality representation for every client and every case. Our goal is to protect your legal rights and provide the best defense solution for your case.