Trademark counterfeiting is a serious crime that can damage you for the rest of your life. It covers a number of activities with penalties that are based on a number of different factors. Essentially, this crime exists to restrict activities such as mislabeling goods, usually (but not always) in order to sell them for more than they are worth; however, the specifics of your case will determine how you are charged. Ohio’s trademark counterfeiting statute applies broadly to acts that fraudulently represent a good or service under a counterfeit mark, logo, name, or other identifying information that the defendant is not legally authorized to use.
If you’ve been charged with trademark counterfeiting charges under O.R.C. 2913.34 in Cleveland, you need a strong defense team who can shield you from the worst that the criminal justice system has to offer.
Possessing, selling, or offering for sale instruments with counterfeit marks is a first degree misdemeanor, as is knowingly purchasing such goods, or selling or offering to sell such goods or services, with a maximum sentence of six months. The penalties can be bumped up to a felony depending on the monetary value involved, exposing you to as long as a year in jail. For the manufacture of counterfeit marks, or affixing them to an instrument, you’ll be charged with at least a fifth degree felony (up to one year in jail) with the possibility of it being charged as a fourth or third degree felony depending on the money involved. Not only can you go to jail for as long as five years at the third degree level, but you’ll have to deal with a felony record when you’re released.
Patituce & Associates can help you. If you need assistance with trademark counterfeiting charges, call (440) 709-8088 for a free consultation with an experienced defense lawyer.