Forgery is identified as the crime of falsely making or altering in writing by which the legal rights or obligations of another person are affected. Forgery is used in concert with fraud and identity theft and it is penalized according in the Criminal Code.
The criminal offence of forgery can constitute: check forgery, credit care fraud, and forging traveler’s checks. If you have endorsed or presented a forged check, traveler’s check, or credit card account check to a financial institution (such as a bank, credit union, or check cashing establishment), then you can be found guilty of forgery and need a forgery lawyer at trial.
However, you should be aware that not all forgery cases have to do with stealing money or identity. If you have ever been arrested and signed a fake name after the arrest, you can be charged with forgery. Alternatively, if you have ever obtained employment or sought medical care under a false name, you can be charged with fraud or forgery. If any of these situations apply to you, we are here to help. The forgery lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers have earned their integrity and reliability over the years and that will serve well during your trial.
Defending Forgery Charges
Forgery is specified in the Canadian Criminal Code under section 366(1). The code reads: forgery is committed by whoever makes a false document, knowing it to be false, with intent:
- That it should in any way be used or acted on as genuine, to the prejudice of any one whether within Canada or not; or
- That a person should be induced by the belief that it is genuine, to do or to refrain from doing anything, whether within Canada or not.
Making a false document is defined as:
- Altering a genuine document in any material part;
- Making a material addition to a genuine document or adding to it a false date, attestation, seal or other thing that is material; or
- Making a material alteration in a genuine document by erasure, obliteration, removal or in any other way.
Penalties For Forgery in Saskatchewan
Punishment for forgery is severe, up to term of 10-years. If you have committed this offence, you need a forgery defense acting on your behalf. Under section 367 of the Criminal Code: every one who commits forgery is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term up to 10-years; or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.
Contact the Criminal Defense Lawyers in Regina
If you have been charged with forgery in Canada, you need to contact the white collar crime lawyers at the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers immediately to prevent any further action that could result in a criminal record and long standing imprisonment. Contact us today.