Forgery in Illinois

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The crime of forgery requires the person performing the criminal act with the intent to defraud another party for the purpose of financial gain or to cause financial loss. Not only is this white collar crime punishable by a lengthy prison sentence and expensive fines, it can cause irreparable damage to your reputation and make it difficult to obtain employment.

The following are common examples of forgery:

  • Making or altering any document apparently capable of defrauding another
  • Unlawfully using another individual’s digital signature or signature device without their consent
  • Knowingly issuing or delivering any defrauding document or knowingly possessing with an intent to issue or deliver

If you were arrested and charged with forgery in Illinois, the Law Office of Steve Fine is ready to fight for you. With more than 20 years of experience, our Chicago criminal defense attorney possesses the comprehensive knowledge of state law to help you navigate through the complexities of the legal system. We can review your case and determine all of your available legal options to either get your charges reduced or your case dismissed entirely.

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Forgery Penalties

In Illinois, forgery is a Class 3 felony, punishable by a prison sentence ranging from two to five years and a maximum fine of $25,000. If a Universal Price Code Label is forged, it is then considered a Class 4 felony. A Class 4 felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to three years and a maximum fine of $25,000.

If an academic degree or coin is forged, it is a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of one year and fines up to $2,500.

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Our Chicago firm can investigate your arrest and collect evidence to develop an effective and customized defense strategy just for you. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Steven Fine can anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case, giving you an advantage in the courtroom.

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Case Results

  • People v JC

    Not Guilty

  • People v CC

    Defendant granted motion for suppression.

  • People v. CW

    Defendant was found not guilty.

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