Forgery and Related Offenses in New Jersey

Contact Contributor David J. Bruno of The Bianchi Law Group, LLC, New Jersey Forgery Lawyer

New Jersey Forgery LawyerDavid J. Bruno is a contributor at New Jersey Esq., a Former Assistant Prosecutor, and Partner at the Bianchi Law Group in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

His partner, Robert A. Bianchi, is the Former Head Morris County Prosecutor from 2006 -2013 who has appeared on numerous television shows, legal education programs including CNN, ABC, Fox News, NBC, CBS and MSNBC . Former Prosecutor Bianchi has also appeared in numerous documentary television programs such as Good Morning America, The Geraldo Rivera Show, Due Process, NJ Capitol Report.

As an Assistant Prosecutor, David J. Bruno has prosecuted and convicted defendants of crimes such as Murder, Attempted Murder, Fraud, Burglary, Robbery, Drug charges, and Sex crimes which gives him the knowledge and experience to defend you if you have been charged with Forgery in New Jersey.

Both David Bruno and Robert Bianchi are certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as criminal trial attorneys.

Contact David Bruno and The Bianchi Law Group at 862-210-8570 if you are being investigated or have been arrested and charged with Forgery in NJ. The Bianchi Law Group’s office is located at 4 York Ave, 2nd Floor, West Caldwell, New Jersey 07006.

Forgery Crimes in New Jersey

In New Jersey, Forgery and other related offenses are codified within 2C:21-1 and can be punishable with up to 5 years in state prison.

Penalties for Forgery Crimes in New Jersey

The Penalties for Forgery Crimes in New Jersey depend on the circumstances of the Forgery. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other instruments, certificates or licenses issued by the government, New Jersey Prescription Blanks as referred to in R.S.45:14-14, or part of an issue of stock, bonds or other instruments representing interest in or claims against any property or enterprise, personal identifying information or an access device. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be a check. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be 15 or more forged or altered retail sales receipts or universal product code labels.

Otherwise forgery is a crime of the fourth degree.

Crimes in the first degree can be punishable from 10 years to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Crimes in the second degree can be punishable from 5 years to 10 years in New Jersey State prison. Crimes in the third degree range can be punishable from 3 years to 5 years in the New Jersey State prison. Crimes in the 4th degree range can be punishable up to 18 months in New Jersey State prison. Disorderly persons offenses can be punishable up to 6 months in the County jail usually in the County where the crime was committed.

The Sentencing Judge may also order fines and restitution as prescribed by 2C:43-3 and for all convictions for Theft in New Jersey.

New Jersey’s Forgery Statute- 2C:21-1;

2C:21-1. Forgery and related offenses

a. Forgery. A person is guilty of forgery if, with purpose to defraud or injure anyone, or with knowledge that he is facilitating a fraud or injury to be perpetrated by anyone, the actor:

(1) Alters or changes any writing of another without his authorization;

(2) Makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize that act or of a fictitious person, or to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed; or

(3) Utters any writing which he knows to be forged in a manner specified in paragraph (1) or (2).

“Writing” includes printing or any other method of recording information, money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, trademarks, access devices, and other symbols of value, right, privilege, or identification, including retail sales receipts, universal product code (UPC) labels and checks. This section shall apply without limitation to forged, copied or imitated checks.

As used in this section, “information” includes, but is not limited to, personal identifying information as defined in subsection v. of N.J.S.2C:20-1.

b. Grading of forgery. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other instruments, certificates or licenses issued by the government, New Jersey Prescription Blanks as referred to in R.S.45:14-14, or part of an issue of stock, bonds or other instruments representing interest in or claims against any property or enterprise, personal identifying information or an access device. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be a check. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be 15 or more forged or altered retail sales receipts or universal product code labels.

Otherwise forgery is a crime of the fourth degree.

c. Possession of forgery devices. A person is guilty of possession of forgery devices, a crime of the third degree, when with purpose to use, or to aid or permit another to use the same for purposes of forging written instruments, including access devices and personal identifying information, he makes or possesses any device, apparatus, equipment, computer, computer equipment, computer software or article specially designed or adapted to such use.

Other Theft Related Crimes in New Jersey:

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The information on this website is for general information purposes only. No information on the website should be considered legal advice for any individual case or situation. The information on this website or communications from the website do not constitute an attorney-client relationship. Please contact a New Jersey Lawyer for case specific questions as every case is different and different New Jersey Lawyers may have different opinions.
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