NJ Forgery Defense Lawyer
Forgery Defense Attorney With Offices in Passaic County and Morris County, NJ
Being charged with the crime of Forgery leaves you exposed to a term of incarceration and a number of collateral consequences. Having an aggressive, experienced defense lawyer to guide you through the criminal justice process is invaluable.
Criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup represents clients throughout New Jersey, including in Paterson, Haledon, Clifton, Totowa, Morristown, Denville, Hackensack, and Newark, who have been charged with theft, forgery & fraud offenses such as credit card theft, tampering with records, receiving stolen property, and bad checks.
Ms. Hascup has successfully defended countless cases in New Jersey’s Superior Courts (indictable/felony level offenses) and Municipal Courts (disorderly persons/misdemeanor level offenses). She is a former Assistant County Prosecutor, Special Deputy Attorney General, and Municipal Prosecutor. During the course of her prosecutorial career, she handled cases ranging from attempted murder and aggravated assault to robbery and weapons offenses. Now she is fighting for you.
Contact Ms. Hascup’s office anytime for an initial consultation, which is always provided free of charge.
Forgery Crimes in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1
N.J.S.A. 2C:21-1 sets forth:
a. A person is guilty of forgery if, with purpose to defraud or injure anyone, or with knowledge that he is facilitating a fraud or injury to be perpetrated by anyone, the actor:
(1) Alters or changes any writing of another without his authorization;
(2) Makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize that act or of a fictitious person, or to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed; or
(3) Utters any writing which he knows to be forged in a manner specified in paragraph (1) or (2)
NOTE: “Writing” includes printing or any other method of recording information, money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, trademarks, access devices, and other symbols of value, right, privilege, or identification, including retail sales receipts, universal product code (UPC) labels and checks. This section shall apply without limitation to forged, copied or imitated checks.
Grading (Degree) of Forgery Crimes in New Jersey:
Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other instruments, certificates or licenses issued by the government, New Jersey Prescription Blanks as referred to in R.S.45:14-14, or part of an issue of stock, bonds or other instruments representing interest in or claims against any property or enterprise, personal identifying information or an access device. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be a check. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be 15 or more forged or altered retail sales receipts or universal product code labels. Otherwise forgery is a crime of the fourth degree.
Possession of Forgery Devices in New Jersey:
A person is guilty of Possession of Forgery Devices, a crime of the third degree, when with purpose to use, or to aid or permit another to use the same for purposes of forging written instruments, including access devices and personal identifying information, he makes or possesses any device, apparatus, equipment, computer, computer equipment, computer software or article specially designed or adapted to such use.
Contact a NJ Forgery Defense Lawyer Today
The consequences of a Forgery conviction can be serious. Don’t delay in hiring legal representation to protect your freedom and your rights. Alissa D. Hascup is available anytime to speak with you regarding your case. She is prepared to attack the State’s case, positioning you to achieve the best possible result. Contact her for a free consultation.