Fighting Forgery & Credit Card Fraud Charges
Knowledgeable & Aggressive Forgery Defense Attorneys in Portland
Forgery and similar fraud – related crimes have an entire chapter devoted to them in Oregon’s criminal code. Forgery requires the prosecution prove that a person acting with “an intent ot injure or defraud,” falsely creates, issues, or alters some form of written instrument. It is not necessary that the forged document be a check or other financial instrument. Any document can suffice if it purports to evidence something of value, or a right, privilege or identification which can be used to someone’s advantage or disadvantage.
The forgery statutes have complex and confusing definitional terms and potentially cover a wide range of activities from passing a bad check, to falsifying business records, to accepting a sports bribe. If you are being investigated for or have been charged with a forgery offense, you need an experienced Portland forgery defense attorney working for you.
Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. has defended countless individuals across Oregon against all types of criminal allegations, including forgery and credit card fraud. Our firm consists of several attorneys with more than 60 years of combined legal experience. . Each of our lawyers has been practicing criminal defense for at least two decades.
Under Oregon law, forgery can constitute a number of different accusations such as:
- Criminal possession of a forged instrument
- Negotiating a bad check
- Stealing checks and changing the amount or the payee
- Stealing blank checks
- Generating checks on a computer
Making these cases even more difficult is the fact that many of these same charges can constitute identity theft, which is even more serious. Also, If the government alleges you committed 10 or more separate thefts with 180 days, or if the amount in question is $10,000 or more, you could be charged with aggravated identity theft, a Class B felony. Whatever the charge, you can rely on our law firm to explore every defense and seek the best possible outcome in your case.
Contact Our Portland Forgery Defense Lawyers
If you are facing an investigation or arrest for forgery or fraud, contact our office today to schedule a free and confidential initial meeting. If you decide our firm is right for you, we will work with you to find a fee structure that is appropriate for your case. Call us at (503) 303-0771 or send us an e-mail.