Our criminal defense practice at the interdisciplinary law firm Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP (CPS&S) is focused on aggressive, resourceful defense of professionals accused of corporate or "white collar" financial offenses.

Understanding Forgery And Counterfeiting

Forgery is a charge that most people commonly associate with signing and passing someone else's checks. However, the charge often comes into play in investigations into corporate wrongdoing as well — in the form of falsification or alteration of various print and electronic documents such as client authorizations for securities trading, insurance claim documents, financial records and a vast range of others.

Similarly, a counterfeiting charge can arise from circumstances other than those involving currency or coins — such as trafficking in counterfeit goods — and many respected businesspeople have been prosecuted for "racketeering," or RICO violations.

Any allegation of forgery must be taken seriously for its direct criminal consequences alone, as it can be punishable with substantial prison time. For some clients, however, a count of forgery is one of many potential charges arising from an ongoing investigation that could lead to even more serious consequences for an entire business organization.

Simply stated, discovery of one falsified document or misrepresented product has the potential to bring the house down. Related charges of identity theft, mail fraud, wire fraud, securities fraud or other crimes often accompany or follow on a forgery offense.

Decades Of Experience in Negotiations And At Trial

Our lawyers have provided proactive counsel and representation for many companies and executives that have come under government investigation, and we are equally capable of defending clients in state or federal trial courts. We are led in this practice area by a longstanding criminal defender — admitted in both New York and New Jersey — who also brings decades of experience as a prosecutor and Chief of the Trial Bureau in Kings County.

Contact Our Manhattan Forgery and Counterfeiting Defense Attorneys

To consult with New York City forgery attorneys at a firm respected for achieving positive results in complex criminal matters and resourcefully protecting its clients' careers and business interests, call or e-mail us at CPS&S today.