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Forgery is defined under the law as the act of altering, copying, or the imitation of something without authority or right, with the intent to deceive or defraud by passing the copy or thing altered or imitated as that which is original or genuine; or the selling, buying, or possession of an altered, copied, or imitated thing with the intent to deceive or defraud.

Fraud (whether credit card fraud, internet fraud, bankruptcy fraud, etc.,), has as its basic element a misrepresentation of some kind. In the simplest terms, fraud occurs when someone knowingly lies to obtain benefit or advantage or to cause some benefit that is due to be denied. If there is no lie, there may be abuse but it is not fraud.

We can help prepare criminal defenses specific to the crime in cases alleging fraud or forgery. If your case is in Southern California ( Los Angeles, Orange County , San Diego , Ventura , San Bernardino or Riverside Counties ), contact us for assistance.