L.A. Criminal Law Attorney Builds a Solid Forgery Defense

Facing forgery charges in Los Angeles can be a daunting experience, with potential consequences that could significantly impact your life. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we understand the gravity of these accusations and are committed to defending your rights vigorously. Our approach is swift and strategic, focusing on reducing or dismissing the forgery charges against you.

Understanding Forgery in California

California law strictly enforces forgery offenses under Penal Code Section 470. Charges of forgery may arise from actions including:

  • Signing someone else’s name without authorization
  • Counterfeiting the seal or handwriting of another
  • Altering, corrupting, or falsifying legal documents like wills, deeds, or checks
  • Misrepresenting documents related to money or property, including checks and bonds

The Penalties for Forgery

The consequences of a forgery conviction in Los Angeles vary based on whether it’s treated as a misdemeanor or a felony. This determination depends on the specifics of your case and your criminal history.

  • Misdemeanor Forgery: Penalties can include up to one year in jail, fines up to $1,000, informal probation, and restitution to the victims.
  • Felony Forgery: Conviction can lead to up to three years in prison, fines up to $10,000, informal probation, and victim restitution.

Related Crimes and Enhanced Penalties

Forgery charges often accompany other white-collar crimes, such as check or credit card fraud. In such cases, you may face compounded charges and additional penalties.

Let our experienced defense firm fight for you

To schedule an initial consultation to talk about your case with an attorney at the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, call us at (310) 448-1529 or contact us online. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/Bundy Station. We have flexible hours and weekend appointments, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.





    11845 W Olympic Blvd #520, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Monday—Friday 8:30AM–5:00PM

    (310) 448-1529


    Disclaimer: The content provided here is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. It is not intended to predict outcomes, as individual circumstances vary and laws may change over time. Those seeking legal advice should consult with a qualified attorney to understand how current laws apply to their specific situation. For detailed legal guidance on the topics discussed, please contact our law firm directly.