We are not general practitioners and do not take every case that walks through the door. When it comes to white collar defense, we use our experience as ex-prosecutors to not only defend you from the charges but to guide you through the process. It is important you hire an attorney with real, significant courtroom experience.
The offense level and amount of time you're looking at if convicted is based in large part on the amount of money the government alleges you stole. Often, this number is artificially inflated by the investigative agency because they do not understand where the money went, why it was transferred, or how it was moved. Often there are perfectly reasonable explanations for it; however, the government rarely investigates this up front. This is why it is important to retain counsel that understands how to defend your legal rights properly.
While many white collar crimes are prosecuted as misdemeanors, it is considered especially egregious when a person forges the signature of another in order to legitimize a document like a check or other instrument. Forgery in this manner is a fifth degree felony and conviction can lead to a sentence of 6 to 12 months, plus fines.
Where financial loss occurred to another, the penalties and fines are higher. Forging identification cards or selling or distributing forged identification cards, is also prohibited under ORC 2913.31. While technically a misdemeanor, conviction of Forging Identification Cards can leave you in jail for six months and stuck with a $1,000 fine. Patituce & Associates specializes in defending people against forgery charges in the Cleveland area. We are experienced former prosecutors who know how to turn cases around for our clients.
At Patituce & Associates, we are former prosecutors who have prosecuted everything from murder to financial crimes. As Cleveland defense attorneys, we have protected clients charged with all types of financial crimes (or white collar crimes). These cases include defending people charged with stealing money from schools, mortgage fraud, theft from their employer, and many others.
It is important to go with an attorney looking to do more than just plea your case out. At Patituce & Associates, we prepare every case as if it is going to go to trial. We do not plan to plea, but if the prosecutor offers you a deal that is too good to say no to-then we did our job.
At Patituce & Associates, we know what it took to get to where you are at. We can help. Call (440) 709-8088 for a pressure-free, no-obligation consultation regarding your case in the Cleveland, OH area.