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Federal crime forgery

By Spodek Law Group | March 7, 2023

Federal Forgery Charges and Best Defenses: What You Need to Know


Forgery is a serious crime that involves creating fake documents or altering existing ones, and it is illegal both at the state and federal level. The consequences of being convicted of forgery can be severe, and that is why it’s essential to understand the legal implications of such an offense. In this article, we will review federal forgery charges and defenses that may be available to you.

What is Forgery Under Federal Law?

Under 18 U.S.C. § 471, forgery is defined as the act of making, altering, using, or possessing a false document or material with the intent of committing fraud. This statute also provides penalties for anyone who fraudulently makes, forges, counterfeits, or alters any security of the United States, including up to 20 years in a federal prison and hefty fines.

Spodek Law Group and Attorney Todd Spodek

At Spodek Law Group, we understand the seriousness of federal forgery charges and are here to help you navigate through the legal process. Our experienced criminal defense attorneys, led by Attorney Todd Spodek, have a deep understanding of the law and can provide you with the best legal representation possible.

When Does Forgery Become a Federal Offense?

Whether forgery is charged as a federal offense depends on several factors, including who the victims are and which agency conducts the investigation. If a federal government contract or other similar paperwork is forged, the crime will likely fall under federal jurisdiction, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may take on the investigation.

Penalties for Forgery

The penalties for a federal forgery crime can include up to 20 years in federal prison, in addition to hefty fines. Sentencing for a violation of Section 471 is at the discretion of a federal district judge, who receives guidance from both the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the equitable factors within Title 18, Section 3553(a) of the US Code.

Examples of Federal Forgery Crimes

Common examples of federal forgery crimes include forging federal identification cards, contracts, deeds, powers of attorney, and securities. Federal agencies can expend significant resources in conducting their investigations, and it is imperative that you contact a defense attorney as soon as possible if you are accused of forgery.

How Can You Fight Federal Forgery Charges?

The intent to defraud is a crucial element in a forgery case. Therefore, to convict an individual of forgery, federal prosecutors need to prove that the individual intended to commit forgery to defraud another person or entity.

Our criminal defense lawyers at Spodek Law Group can argue that you had no intention of defrauding the alleged victim or that you didn’t have the mental capacity to understand the nature of your actions. Other defenses include having been forced to commit forgery under duress, coercion, or having acted in cahoots with the alleged victim.


If you’ve been charged with violating a federal law involving forgery and fraud, you must understand how complicated your defense can be. Early recognition and understanding of the best defense strategies available to you are crucial, and Spodek Law Group is here to help. Contact our office to learn how we can help you. Remember, the consequences of a forgery conviction can be severe, and obtaining legal counsel before speaking to any government agents regarding the crime you’re accused of is critical.


Federal Forgery Crimes Penalties
Forgery of federal identification cards, federal contracts, and federal securities, money Up to 20 years in federal prison and hefty fines
Forging any deed, power of attorney, or contract to obtain money from the United States or its agents Up to 10 years in federal prison and fines
Forging a signature or endorsement on a Treasury check, security of the United States, or bond Up to 10 years in federal prison and fines


Forgery is a non-violent offense classified as a white collar crime, which is committed for financial gain. Although the victims aren’t physically injured during the commission of the crime, the consequences from offenses like forgery can still be severe. Those convicted of federal forgery crimes may be required to pay hefty fines or serve lengthy federal prison sentences, or both. Additionally, restitution will be required, which can result in the seizure of assets.

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At Spodek Law Group, we have the experience and knowledge to handle the legal situation you are facing. We will fight to protect your rights and provide you with the best legal representation possible. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense attorneys. We understand that being accused of a crime can be stressful, but we are here to help you every step of the way. Remember, obtaining legal counsel before speaking to any government agents regarding the crime you’re accused of is critical.

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