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3 potential defenses for forgery you should know

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2023 | White Collar Crime

Forgery is a serious offense that can have far-reaching consequences. It involves the creation or alteration of documents, objects or financial transactions with the intent to deceive. Before we delve into the defenses, it’s crucial to understand what forgery entails. 

In order to prove forgery, the prosecution must establish that the accused had the intention to deceive, defraud or harm someone by creating or altering a document or object. Moreover, the forged item must be materially false, meaning it has to contain misleading information that can cause harm or loss to someone. When facing accusations of forgery, it’s essential to understand your potential defenses. Here are three potential defenses for forgery that you should be aware of.

Lack of intent

One of the primary defenses against forgery is demonstrating a lack of intent. If the accused can prove that they did not intend to deceive or defraud anyone, it can weaken the prosecution’s case. For example, if the accused unknowingly signed a document containing false information, this may indicate a lack of intent.

Mistaken identity

Mistaken identity can also be a valid defense against forgery. If the plaintiff can establish that they were not the person responsible for the forged document or transaction, it can cast doubt on the accused’s involvement. This defense often relies on providing an alibi or proving that someone else had the means and opportunity to commit the forgery.

Lack of material falsity

To secure a forgery conviction, the prosecution must prove that the forged item is materially false and capable of causing harm. Therefore, the defendant has a strong defense if they can show that the document or object in question did not contain false information or that it could not have caused any harm. This defense often requires a detailed examination of the document’s content and context.

While these defenses can be effective, consulting an experienced professional who can guide you through the legal process and help you build a strong case is essential.


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