Tampa Counterfeiting Lawyer
Experienced Counterfeiting And Federal Crimes Defense
Title 18 U.S.C. Chapter 25 addresses counterfeiting and forgery offenses. Under 18 U.S.C. Section 471: Obligations or securities of the United States, the penalties for conviction of counterfeiting include fines and/or a prison term of up to 20 years.
The Secret Service has jurisdiction over crimes involving counterfeit U.S. currency, Treasury checks, savings bonds and postage stamps. In addition, the Secret Service investigates the counterfeiting of identification such as passports and visas.
O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, can defend you or your business against counterfeiting charges. With our experience in state and federal court, we can handle any type of counterfeiting case. Speak with one of our Tampa attorneys for counterfeiting charges immediately if you have been charged or are about to be charged with forgery or counterfeiting.
“A 12-member jury took a little more than one hour to acquit the federal defendant”, wrote the Orlando Sentinel while describing the length of time it took a federal jury to acquit federal criminal defense attorney Mark J. O’Brien’s client of a million dollar counterfeit money and cocaine and marijuana drug distribution conspiracy.
– Orlando Sentinel
Counterfeiting And Forgery
Counterfeiting may be charged in conjunction with forgery. Forgery can be defined as the intent to defraud by writing, engraving or printing. This may include the creation or alteration of documents, including:
- Stock certificates
- Postage stamps
- Passports or visas
- Birth certificates
Counterfeiting or forgery charges may be added to the charges for offenses such as check and bank fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) violations, money laundering, mortgage fraud and identity theft. Our Tampa forgery defense lawyers can defend you against any white collar criminal charge. As a former prosecutor, Mark J. O’Brien knows how to build a defense that exploits weaknesses in the prosecution’s case.