According to Florida statutes, forgery involves falsely making, altering or counterfeiting important documents, like wills, deeds or promissory notes, with the intention of tricking someone and causing harm. Even the use of counterfeit bank notes can land you in serious trouble. But if innocent individuals are unfairly caught in the crossfire of this financial crime, they will need to defend against check forgery charges.
- Challenging intent: Check forgery charges require proving that the accused intended to defraud. Your defense attorney may argue that there was no intent to deceive and that any errors made were unintentional or innocent mistakes.
- Lack of knowledge: You can challenge the prosecution’s case by asserting that you were unaware of the check’s illegitimate nature. Demonstrating that you acted in good faith and had no knowledge of the forgery can be a valid defense.
- Insufficient evidence: Inconsistencies or gaps in the evidence can raise doubt about your involvement in the forgery.
- Identity theft: Sometimes, individuals may be wrongfully accused of check forgery due to identity theft. If you can provide evidence that your identity was stolen and misused for the forgery, it can bolster your defense.
- Alibi witnesses: If you have credible witnesses who can attest to your whereabouts when the forgery allegedly occurred, their testimony can help establish an alibi defense.
- Expert testimony: Forensic experts can analyze documents and signatures to determine whether they were forged. Their testimony can be instrumental in raising doubts about the authenticity of the alleged forgery.
- Constitutional violations: If there were any violations of your constitutional rights during the investigation or arrest, such as an illegal search or seizure, you can file motions to suppress evidence obtained through these violations.
- Plea bargain: In some cases, negotiating a plea bargain with the prosecution may be in your best interest. Your attorney can advocate for reduced charges or lesser penalties, depending on the circumstances of your case.
Forgery is a serious offense in Florida that you definitely want to avoid. It can lead to a felony charge. You could spend up to five years behind bars, followed by five years of probation. On top of that, you might face a hefty fine of $5,000. Imagine the impact that could have on your life. A tailored defense strategy can help protect your rights and achieve the most favorable outcome.