What is Counterfeiting?
Have you been accused of counterfeiting in the state of Arizona? If so, you need an experienced Phoenix counterfeiting attorney in your corner. Counterfeiting can involve more than simply fake monetary instruments. If you’ve been accused of counterfeiting, the attorneys at the Law Offices of David A. Black have the experience necessary to guide you through the process, and to provide you with the best opportunity to mount a successful defense.
Types of Counterfeiting Crimes
There are a many different activities that can be classified under the heading of counterfeiting. Among them are:
- Manufacturing money. Perhaps the crime that comes to mind first when someone says the word “counterfeiting” is the image of creating fake United States currency. Professional counterfeiters have high tech tools they can use to commit this crime, but they are in a constant game of cat and mouse with the federal government, which is always looking to implement new safeguards into the money making process.
- Fake documents. Counterfeit charges that stem from creating a fake document could involve an identity theft scam or something as simple as making a fake ID for an underage drinker. Many of these documents essentially serve the purpose, of providing access or permission for a person who does not legally have it.
- Counterfeit goods. The counterfeit goods capital of the world is China, but that does not mean it can’t happen in Arizona. Anyone who creates a knock off of a genuine item and then attempts to pass that item off as an original is guilty of counterfeiting. This crime can sometimes come out of nowhere if, for example, a person purchases the goods from a counterfeiter but does not realize they are fake. If that person then gets caught trying to resell the goods, they are out of luck. Ignorance is not a defense against a counterfeiting charge.
Regardless the specifics of the counterfeiting charge against you, all forms of this crime can carry stiff penalties.
Phoenix Counterfeiting Defense Lawyer
No one wants to be labeled a criminal. In our society it can destroy relationships, friendships and careers. While the media and public perception can make it difficult for the accused these days, these types of charges can be successfully defended. Counterfeiting is a serious crime. If you are charged with this offense and find your name and reputation on the line, contact The Law Offices of David A. Black today at (480) 280-8028.