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                                           Nevada's Forgery Law

Forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada is a serious crime.  If you are charged with forgery, you can be at risk of a felony conviction.  You should therefore consider hiring a Las Vegas lawyer experienced in handling this type of crime.  Las Vegas lawyer Paul J. Adras, Esq., and Las Vegas lawyer Steven M. Altig, Esq. have 27 years of combined experience in representing clients charged with offenses such as forgery.  They know the law and they can represent you immediately if you have been charged with the crime of forgery.  In Las Vegas and in Nevada, if you are convicted of forgery, you are facing severe felony penalties.  Also, keep in mind that if you are convicted of forgery, you will most likely have a very difficult time finding a job or keeping a job.  The information below will help you understand the implications of being convicted of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada.

1.    What constitutes the crime of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada?

In Las Vegas, and in Nevada in general, you can be charged with forgery if you create or use a falsified or altered document with the intent to defraud another person or entity.
Forgery, pursuant to Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 205.085, is defined as "false making, counterfeiting and the alteration, erasure or obliteration of a genuine instrument in whole or in part, the false making or counterfeiting of the signature of a party or witness, real or fictitious, and the placing or connecting together with intent to defraud, of different parts or the whole of several genuine instruments."
Here are some examples of common forgery crimes (pursuant to NRS 205.in Las Vegas and in Nevada:
Falsely signing a deed or changing the terms therein;
Paying a bill by using someone else's check and signing their name on it;
Paying a bill by creating a fake money order;
Preparing a false document for filing with a court;
Sending a letter in someone else's name that causes any injury to any person's rights.


2.    What are my rights if I am accused of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada?

If you are accused of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada, you have the following important constitutional rights:

A.    You have the right to a speedy and public trial;
B.    The prosecuting agency must to prove the charge(s) against you beyond a reasonable doubt;
C.    You have the right to confront and cross examine (question)all witnesses against you that the prosecuting agency may call as witnesses at the time of trial;
D.    You have the right right to subpoena witnesses to testify and to compel their attendance at the trial;
E.    The right to remain silent and to not be forced or compelled to testify at the trial; and
F.    The right to appeal a conviction after a trial (except on constitutional or jurisdictional grounds).

If you are arrested and charged with forgery, you should immediately consult with and hire a Las Vegas lawyer, who can explain these valuable rights to you in detail.


3.    Should I take my Las Vegas, Nevada forgery case to trial?

Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers Paul J. Adras, Esq. and Steven M. Altig, Esq. are experienced trial lawyers.  They have conducted numerous felony jury trials and misdemeanor bench trial in Nevada.  When you hire Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law, you are making an excellent decision, because each of them have extensive experience in the courtroom as aggressive advocates for their clients.

In order to make the decision to take your case to trial, you need to fully understand the facts of your case, and the legal issues involved.  Mr. Adras and Mr. Altig are with you every step of the way.  You will meet with them personally and they will give you a full explanation of your rights.  They will also explain to you in detail the legal issues involved in your case based upon the factual circumstances surrounding your arrest for forgery.

Once you have the information necessary to make a decision, Mr. Adras and Mr. Altig will explain to you the potential risks involved in proceeding to trial, and they will make recommendations to you.  The final decision is always yours. 


4.    What happens if I plead guilty to forgery?

You should discuss your case with a Las Vegas forgery defense lawyer before entering a guilty plea to this crime.  If you plead guilty to forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada, you are admitting your guilt.  If you are not a citizen of the United States at the time of the conviction, you may, in addition to other consequences, be removed, deported or excluded from entry into the United States, or you may be denied naturalization.  A seasoned Las Vegas and Nevada forgery defense lawyer can inform you of your valuable rights if you are not a United States citizen and you are charged with this crime in Las Vegas and in Nevada.

Finally, it is critical that you understand that following a guilty plea, or a finding of guilt following a trial, the matter of sentencing in a Las Vegas forgery case is entirely within the court's discretion, regardless of any negotiations between you and the prosecuting agency.  An experienced criminal law lawyer in Las Vegas and in Nevada can fully explain the court process to you, and can properly prepare you for this phase of your case, should you decide to plead guilty or if you are found guilty following a jury trial.


5.    What are the penalties if I am convicted of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada?

There are several kinds/categories of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada.  Each type of forgery carries a specific penalty.  For example, if you are convicted of forgery for falsifying a deed, a will, a check, a contract, an order of the court, a state seal, or a government agency (police, fire, etc.) badge, then you are being convicted of a category D felony in Las Vegas and in Nevada.  The penalties for committing this type of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada include:
1.    1 to 4 years in prison;
2.    A fine of up to $5,000.00;
3.    Payment of restitution to the victim(s) of the crime.
Further, knowingly receiving or possessing a forged document (with intent to defraud), or counterfeiting gold dust, silver, bullion or bars is considered to be a category C felony in Las Vegas and in Nevada.  The penalties for committing this kind of forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada include:
1.    1 to 5 years in prison;
2.    A fine up to $10,000.00;
3.    Payment of restitution to the victim(s) of the crime.
Finally, forgery in Las Vegas and in Nevada of a trademark may be punished as a category D felony, as explained above.  There are also trademark crimes that are misdemeanors in Las Vegas and in Nevada as well.  The severity of the type of forgery crime you can be charged with ultimately depends on how you used trademarked material.  Any misdemeanor in Las Vegas and in Nevada is punishable as follows:
1.    From zero to up to six months in jail;
2.    A fine of up to $1,000.00;
3.    Payment of restitution to the victim(s) of the crime.

If you are charged with forgery in Las Vegas or anywhere in Nevada, it is imperative that you contact an experienced criminal law lawyer in Las Vegas and in Nevada.  As seasoned Las Vegas criminal law lawyers, we have the experience you need in order to fight for your freedom.  Don't delay in contacting Las Vegas criminal law lawyer Paul J. Adras, Esq. and Las Vegas criminal law lawyer Steven M. Altig, Esq. if you are charged with this offense in Nevada.  We will counsel you regarding immediate steps you can take to protect your rights and your freedom.

If you need a Las Vegas criminal law lawyer then call us today.  Paul J. Adras, Esq. is an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.  Steven M. Altig, Esq. is also an experienced and aggressive Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer.  Adras & Altig are Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, North Las Vegas criminal defense lawyers, Henderson criminal defense lawyers, Boulder City criminal defense lawyers, Moapa Valley criminal defense lawyers, Goodsprings criminal defense lawyers, Searchlight criminal defense lawyers, Laughlin criminal defense lawyers, Pahrump criminal defense lawyers, Tonopah criminal defense lawyers, and criminal defense lawyers in many other cities in Southern and Northern Nevada.  If you've been charged with any crime then you need to get experienced and aggressive legal representation.  You need to hire Adras & Altig, Attorneys at Law.

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