Though popularly associated with the production of phony currency, the federal crime of counterfeiting refers to the production of virtually any replication of a valuable or official document and then presenting that document as the genuine article. A range of crimes are associated with counterfeiting, including:
- Possession of counterfeit bills and credit cards
- Passing a counterfeit as legitimate, known as “utterance”
- Possession of tools used to produce counterfeits
A Career In Criminal Defense
Attorney Stephen M. Misko of PennLaw, LLC, has practiced criminal law for more than 25 years and worked in the criminal justice system for more than 40 years. We take counterfeiting charges seriously and will work hard to ensure that your rights are protected at every stage, from investigation and arrest to settlement negotiations and trial.
Things That Can Draw A Counterfeiting Charge
A counterfeiting charge can relate to the production, possession or attempted passing of the following, among other things:
- Credit cards
- Stocks, bonds and other securities
- Legal documents such as contracts, wills and powers of attorney
- Government documents
- Military passes and discharge papers
A Sturdy Defense Against Counterfeiting Charges
As with most federal charges, counterfeiting carries severe penalties, including a prison sentence of up to 10 years and fines up to $2 million for a first offense. Your best chance at a fair trial is to secure Stephen Misko as your defense lawyer. He has experience in all aspects of criminal law and takes cases to trial in federal courts across western Pennsylvania. He knows how prosecutors operate and will craft a defense on your behalf to counter their strategies.
Contact Us Today
If you are being investigated for alleged counterfeiting, you do not have time to waste. Contact us at PennLaw, LLC, at 724-602-4583. We have offices in Butler and in the Pittsburgh metro area.