Ithink for many of us, there are some things we wish we didn't have to pay for. For one woman, she likely wished she didn't have to pay for a lot of things, as she was discovered using fake money to pay on a few separate occasions. According to the news, the woman allegedly tried using paper photocopies of $20 bills while at Walmart and Applebee's. When a Walmart employee questioned the woman, she then fled the store. Police were able to identify her two days later and confirmed she also used fake money to pay for a bill at an Applebee's. The woman admitted using the counterfeit money after police found fake bills, blank paper and a printer in a hotel room she was staying in. In Denver and Douglas County, the woman would likely face charges of Forgery, C.R.S. 18-5-102.
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Forgery in Arapahoe County | Making Fake Money is Forgery in Colorado
As it applies to the news story, one way Forgery charges occur in Arapahoe County, according to C.R.S. 18-5-102(1)(a) is if you, with the intent to defraud:
“…falsely make, complete, alter, or utter a written instrument which is or purports to be, or which is calculated to become or to represent if completed, part of an issue of money, stamps, securities, or other valuable instruments issued by a government or government agency”.
The definition of “falsely make” a written instrument means:
“To make or draw a written instrument, whether complete or incomplete, which purports to be an authentic creation of its ostensible maker, but which is not, either because the ostensible maker is fictitious or because, if real, he did not authorize the making or the drawing thereof.”
Since the woman admitted to making and using the counterfeit money (considered a written instrument), it would likely be considered Forgery in Colorado.
Forgery Lawyer in Adams County | Forgery is a Class 5 Felony in Colorado
In Adams County, Forgery is charged as a class 5 felony. A class 5 felony is punishable by up to a 3-year prison sentence in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Under some circumstances upon a conviction of Forgery in Colorado, the court can give the defendant a Community Corrections sentence, a work release sentence up to two years, or a probation sentence of up to two years. There are many aspects which the court will consider when it comes to sentencing for a Forgery conviction, so it's imperative you have a criminal defense lawyer by your side in court.
Attorney for Forgery in Jefferson County | Call the O'Malley Law Office Today
The prosecution in Jefferson County must prove every element of Forgery (beyond a reasonable doubt) to convict a defendant of Forgery. Unfortunately, many prosecutors and District Attorneys file Forgery charges even when there is no evidence that you had the intent to defraud or altered / created something fictitious. If you or someone you love is facing Forgery charges in Jefferson County, act quickly and consult a Forgery lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office to defend you today.
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If you or a loved one is facing felony Forgery charges in Colorado, be smart and exercise your right to remain silent. Then, contact a Forgery lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.Request a Free Consultation
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