Forgery and counterfeiting are different yet interrelated crimes that are concerned with fake documents and fake money. According to the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981, a person may be found guilty of forgery where he or she makes a false instrument for the purpose of inducing it to dishonestly convince another that it is genuine and to prejudice the innocent party by virtue of such acceptance. The Act further criminalises the use of such false document or instrument and even the use of a copy of the false instrument.
Commonly forged documents include birth certificates, passport, marriage certificates, death certificates (this can be related to false insurance claims), and many other official documents including driving licence. It is also a crime for anyone to be in custody of materials, instruments and paper with which counterfeit money orders, postal orders, cheque cards, traveller’s cheques, Share certificates, credit cards and other such items can be produced. This offence can be tried on summary at the Magistrate’s or on indictment at the Crown Court. On conviction at the magistrate’s, the penalty for forgery and counterfeiting may be a fine, or a custodial term not exceeding 6 months or in some cases, both.
Forgery and Counterfeiting sentence is slightly higher on conviction at the Crown Court or on indictment; a fine or imprisonment for up to 2 years. Depending on the severity of the case, both penalties may be awarded on conviction. You will require a proficient criminal defence lawyer who has many years experience in defending forgery and counterfeiting allegations to provide you with the most suitable advice. First and foremost, it is very important that you discuss with your defence team and come to an agreed decision about your plea and where you should have the case heard; magistrate’s or Crown Court.
Our criminal defence solicitors in London are exceptionally good at what they do and this includes forgery and counterfeiting cases. They will strip the evidence mounted against you by the Prosecution to pieces and find any holes that exist therein in your defence. Every piece of evidence and/or factor which may work in your favour will also be relied upon to ensure that the best result in the circumstances is achieved. Contact us today and see exactly how we can be of significant assistance.