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Man Charged with Forgery in El Paso County, Colorado

| Jan 13, 2015 | Forgery |

This summer, a months-long investigation resulted in a man being Forgery and a string of other offenses near Colorado Springs. According to reports, the man, working with a couple other people, used stolen financial and person information to make purchases at several stores. Let’s take a closer look at this situation to see how Forgery is charged in Denver, Adams, and Jefferson County.

What is Forgery in Colorado?

The El Paso County man charged with Forgery used stolen documents and information to steal about $100,000 from people and businesses across Colorado. But, why was he charged with Forgery and not just Theft? According to Colorado Forgery Statute (C.R.S. 18-5-102), a person is charged when they alter or complete a document of value with the intent to defraud. This “document of value” can include, but isn’t limited to:

•· Money

•· Stock

•· Bonds

•· Securities

•· Deeds

•· Wills

•· Contracts

•· Checks

•· Promissory Notes (loans)

The man most likely used stolen personal information to create checks or obtain credit cards, which he used to defraud individuals and businesses. Theft is charged when an item or thing of value is stolen, which is different than defrauding someone in Arapahoe, Douglas, and Larimer County by using a written document.

Forgery is Often Charged with Multiple Crimes

Forgery is often charged along with multiple offenses. The Colorado Springs man was also charged with Identity Theft, Money Laundering, Computer Crimes, and Theft. Because of this, a person who has been charged with Forgery is in danger of facing a long prison sentence upon conviction. Forgery itself is a class 5 felony, which carries a possible sentence of up to 18 months in the Colorado Department of Corrections (although in certain circumstances, this can be raised to up to 3 years imprisonment), and a fine.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Forgery Charges in Denver

If you have been charged with Forgery in Denver, Littleton, or Centennial, you need to contact an outstanding criminal defense attorney immediately. A criminal conviction will follow you for the rest of your life. You could have a difficult time finding a job or a place to live. Don’t plead guilty to avoid jail time. Work with a knowledgeable attorney who has a thorough grasp of the law. Here at the O’Malley Law Office, we go to battle for the best possible outcome for our clients. Whether it be a dismissal, acquittal at trial, or a favorable plea agreement resulting in probation or a work release sentence, the attorneys at our office fight to protect your future and get you best possible outcome in your case.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Forgery, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O’Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.