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Federal Counterfeiting Criminal Lawyers

Counterfeiting is a crime that most people are aware of. In general, when most people think about counterfeiting they immediately start to think about someone illegally trying to copy money and then pass it off as real money. While this is the most common form of counterfeiting, the crime actually refers to a much broader sense of creating a fake item or bank note and trying to pass it off as real.

Examples and Punishment
Depending on the type of counterfeiting, someone that is charged with the crime could be facing a lot of penalties in terms of fines and even imprisonment. The crime can be considered a state crime, but is often brought to the federal level. If it involved copying and creating a fake bank note or other currency, it will automatically be considered a federal crime and could also be considered a felony depending on the amount of money that is being made through the counterfeiting process.

Most of the time, chargers are brought out on people that are in possession of counterfeit items and try to pass them off as real. This is a serious form of fraud in which you are technically defrauding the recipient of the fraudulent bill and the US Government. The penalties from this can be severe and can include imprisonment in federal prison for as much as 25 years. However, the amount of time you will spend in prison will vary considerably based on the scope and size of the crime.

Another situation in which you could be charged with counterfeiting is if you simply hold machinery, materials, and other equipment that can be used for counterfeiting. You will typically be given an additional charge if it is determined that you are holding these items and have used them for counterfeiting purposes in the past.

Possible Defenses
If you are charged with counterfeiting, there are a number of different ways that you could go about defending the charges. One of the most common is to simply state that you did not know that the bills or other goods you held were fake. If this is a small isolated incident, this is likely a very good defense that could help you to have the charges dropped.

If the evidence of the crime was found through an illegal process, you could also have the charges dropped. This is especially true if the police officers did not have a warrant to search you or your home.

Benefits of Legal Support
Since criminal counterfeiting is such a serious crime and charge that can come with some very severe penalties, it is almost always a good idea to hire a criminal defense lawyer if you are charged. A lawyer will be able to work with you and the prosecutors to develop a good defense plan. In many situations, this can include taking a plea deal to a lesser charge. This may allow you to avoid getting out of jail time completely. However, you will likely be on a strict probation for a period of time.

Are you being investigated for federal counterfeiting, or have you recently been charged with a crime? Counterfeiting crimes are serious in nature. The investigating law enforcement agency, which may commonly be the FBI or the U.S. Secret Service, will conduct a thorough investigation to build a solid case against the accused party before charges are filed. With this in mind, your counterfeiting criminal defense attorney should be active in your case as soon as possible.

Understanding Counterfeiting
Counterfeiting is a type of forgery that specifically relates to fraud against the U.S. government. The crime of forgery covers fake items like a college diploma, artwork and other items. Counterfeiting, on the other hand, covers everything from forged postage stamps, currency and securities to a patent letter, military discharge papers, passports and more.

It is important to note that counterfeiting specifically involves the creation of these items with the intent to use them for fraudulent purposes. Other associated crimes relate to the possession of counterfeit items and their usage. There are also associated crimes for having the tools and supplies necessary to make a counterfeit item, for the alteration of motor vehicle ID numbers, for assembling two parts of bills or other items to create a fake item and more.

Penalties for Counterfeiting
Because of the wide range of criminal activities that fall under counterfeiting laws, the penalties for different charges vary. If you are convicted of counterfeiting U.S. securities, for example, you may spend up to 25 years in prison and be fined up to $250,000. However, the penalties can be more severe if the victim of the crime suffered financial loss because of your actions or if the defendant benefited from financial gain. For some crimes, the fine may be increased up to twice the amount of your gain or the victim’s loss. As another example of a counterfeiting penalty, creating fake postage stamps may result in up to five years in prison and a large fine.

In many cases, multiple charges related to the counterfeiting activity may be filed against the accused party. For example, a charge of counterfeiting often comes with charges of fraud, a drug crime, various white-collar crimes and more.

Defense Strategies for Counterfeiting Charges
Often, the prosecutor in a counterfeiting case has a considerable amount of physical evidence that can be presented in court. In such instances, the defendant may believe that a guilty verdict is inevitable, but this is not always the case. When a criminal defense lawyer with specific expertise in counterfeiting is hired, that professional can strategically build a solid defense for the accused. While there are many possible defense strategies, several are commonly used.

For example, because intent to defraud is an essential component of counterfeiting laws, a common defense is to show that the accused party did not intend to use the fake item for fraudulent purposes. If only fake currency was found by the law enforcement officials, for example, it could be argued that the items were intended to be used as a private joke among friends. However, if a Treasury plate was also found, this likely would not be a suitable defense strategy. Keep in mind that possession of a Treasury plate is a criminal act regardless of intent.

Another potential defense is that the fake document’s quality is too poor to be considered a counterfeit. The matter of intent may also be brought up with this argument. For example, the quality is so poor that the accused could not realistically intend to pass it off as a legitimate document or item. Be aware, however, that the entire document does not need to be forged in order for counterfeiting to be proven in court. For example, a conviction is possible even if the back side of a bill is left blank.

Consult with an Attorney
It can take time to build a successful defense against counterfeiting charges, so a criminal defense attorney should be hired as soon as possible. In fact, your attorney may be able to successfully argue that your civil rights have been violated or to negotiate a plea bargain if he or she is involved earlier in the case. If you need to hire a criminal defense attorney with experience in counterfeiting crimes, contact the office today by phone or email to request a consultation.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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