Pennsylvania Forgery Defense Lawyers

Pennsylvania and New Jersey Forgery Attorneys

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Forgery may not receive the same sensationalized news coverage as violent crimes, but that doesn’t mean that forgery is a trivial or insignificant offense.  In both New Jersey and Pennsylvania, a forgery conviction can lead to hefty fines and long periods of incarceration.  In addition, having a forgery conviction on your record can present wide-spanning difficulties when it comes to many areas of life, such as finding a job, obtaining a place to live, and even being trusted to handle money and sensitive documents.

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Young, Marr & Associates: PA and NJ Forgery Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you know is facing allegations of forgery, it is critical to your success that you retain a skilled forgery attorney immediately.  At Young, Marr & Associates, we are equipped with an experienced team of forgery lawyers ready to help represent you, ensure you with a fair trial, and aggressively argue your case.  With over 10,000 criminal cases under our legal belt, we have decades of experience to draw upon to provide our clients with the very best criminal defense litigation available.

Our team of attorneys includes two former prosecutors and a former senior deputy district attorney, who collectively bring more than three decades of criminal law experience to the table.  As former prosecutors, we come prepared with a balanced and in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system.  In addition, we have long-standing, professional relationships with local police departments, prosecutors, and judges throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

At Young, Marr & Associates, we believe every one of our clients’ cases deserves to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, and our highly-qualified team of forgery attorneys is committed to providing each of our clients with the compassion and understanding they deserve.  We offer aggressive representation at affordable pricing, so contact us today.

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Forgery Defined

There are several different actions which can legally entail forgery in New Jersey and in Pennsylvania:

  1. Making unauthorized alterations to a document belonging to somebody else.
  2. Knowingly presenting false testimony or any false written document as being real, authentic, and accurate.
  3. Pretending to be another person in the act of drafting, authenticating, transferring, or issuing a document when in fact no such consent was given.

Any of these actions can constitute a forgery offense.

Forgery Penalties in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, forgery is often classified as a 1st Degree Misdemeanor.  Penalties for a 1st Degree Misdemeanor include a maximum of five years in prison, as well as a maximum $10,000 fine.  However, there are scenarios in which a forgery charge can be elevated to a more serious classification.  A forgery charge becomes a 3rd Degree Felony if the document in question is a:

  • Commercial document
  • Contract
  • Deed
  • Will

The maximum penalties for a 3rd Degree Felony include seven years in prison, and a fine of $15,000.

Forgery charges can be elevated further still.  A forgery charge becomes a 2nd Degree Felony if the document in question pertains to:

  • Government-issued documents
  • Money
  • Postage Stamps
  • Stocks and bonds

The maximum penalties for a 2nd Degree Felony include 10 years in prison, and a fine of $25,000.

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Forgery Penalties in New Jersey

As in Pennsylvania, there are three stages of severity which can be applied to forgery cases depending on the specific nature of the offense.

In New Jersey, forgery is typically a 4th Degree indictable crime.  Maximum punishments for a 4th Degree crime include $10,000 in fines, and 18 months in prison.

However, it becomes a 3rd Degree crime if the document relates to:

  • Commercial documents
  • Contracts
  • Deeds
  • Wills
  • Government-issued documents
  • Money
  • Postage Stamps
  • Stocks and bonds

Maximum penalties for a 3rd Degree crime include five years in prison, and a $15,000 fine. 

A forgery offense can become a 2nd Degree crime if the forged document is a:

  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security Card
  • Birth Certificate

Maximum penalties for a 2nd Degree crime include 10 years in prison, and a $150,000 fine.  That’s 10 times higher than the fine for a 3rd Degree crime.

If you are facing forgery charges, you need to consult with an experienced forgery attorney immediately.  Contact the law offices of Young, Marr & Associates online today to arrange for a free and confidential legal consultation, or call (609) 257-4019 in New Jersey or (215) 372-8667 in Pennsylvania.


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