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Charged With A Crime? It Doesn’t Mean You’re Guilty.

Denver Forgery Charges Lawyer, C.R.S. 18-5-102

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2014 | Forgery |

Have you been charged with Forgery in Denver, Arapahoe, or Douglas County and need a criminal defense lawyer to help? Are you wondering why you were charged with falsifying a signature on a document? Have you thought to yourself whether it is alright for you to forge someone else’s name to an instrument where that person will be benefitted by the signature? If you have ever asked any of these questions, then you need to speak with an experienced Forgery attorney today.

Consent and Personal Benefit

Forgery can be a confusing law. Many people think if they gain no personal, tangible benefit from the signature, they cannot be charged with the crime. Others wonder whether they are allowed to sign documents on behalf of someone else and what the requirements of consent are. In Jefferson, Adams, and Broomfield County, District Attorneys love to prosecute people for violating Forgery law, even when that person may have had consent or when the person was not acting for their own benefit. Fortunately, consent will act as a defense to the crime of signing someone else’s name on a document.

Unlike Sexual Assault on a Child (C.R.S. 18-3-405), Driving Under the Influence (DUI / C.R.S. 42-4-1301), and Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (C.R.S. 18-12-108), the affirmative defense of Consent can be used to fight allegations of forging documents. When a person, with the proper legal authority and state of mind, gives permission to another person to sign documents on their behalf, the person signing on behalf of the other should not face any conviction or punishment for those signatures – provided the person signing did not abuse or stray from the authority given. In this case, consent can be used as an affirmative defense to the charges of forgery in Larimer, Weld, and El Paso County. But how do you know with any certainty whether you have an available defense?

Why You Need a Lawyer for Felony Forgery Charges

A lawyer who understands the criminal laws and can properly utilize available defenses can make the difference in being convicted or found not guilty in cities like Aurora, Lakewood, and Parker. Thus, it is always best to hire an attorney who only practices criminal defense in the Denver metro area. The attorneys at the O’Malley Law Office are knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyers who practice in courthouses all over the state of Colorado and will be able to help you in your fight against the government.

So, if you or a loved one have been charged with Forgery, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call us at 303-731-0719. Together we can protect your future.