FARMINGTON HILLS UTTERING & PUBLISHING
MICHIGAN FORGERY DEFENSE LAWYERS
The charge of forgery, also known as “uttering and publishing,” is a felony punishable by up to 14 years in prison. An uttering & publishing charge relates to a false/forged or counterfeited instrument. There are numerous instruments that an uttering & publishing charge can relate to (see below), but most frequently the instrument involved is a financial transaction device, namely, a check.
In order to convict a defendant of uttering & publishing the prosecutor must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
An act that results in the false making or alteration of an instrument;
An act that makes an instrument appear to be what it is not;
And a concurrent intent to defraud or injure.
Michigan Uttering & Publishing Laws
Forgery of records and other Instruments
A person who utters and publishes as true a false, forged, altered, or counterfeit record, instrument, or other writing listed in MCL 750.248 knowing it to be false, altered, forged, or counterfeit with intent to injure or defraud is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.
MAKING, ALTERING, FORGING, OR COUNTERFEITING A PUBLIC RECORD
A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a public record, or a certificate, return, or attestation of a clerk of a court, register of deeds, notary public, township clerk, or any other public officer, in relation to a matter in which the certificate, return, or attestation may be received as legal proof, or a charter, will, testament, bond, writing obligatory, letter of attorney, policy of insurance, bill of lading, bill of exchange, promissory note, or an order, acquaintance of discharge for money or other property, or a waiver, release, claim or demand, or an acceptance of a bill of exchange, or endorsement, or assignment of a bill of exchange or promissory note for the payment of money, or an accountable receipt for money, goods, or other property with intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.
MAKING, ALTERING, FORGING OR COUNTERFEITING A DOCUMENT AFFECTING INTEREST IN REAL PROPERTY
A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a deed, a discharge of mortgage, or a power or letter of attorney or other document that affects an interest in real property with intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.
In most cases involving financial crimes, something has taken place in that person’s life that has caused them to make such a decision. Sudden financial hardship, loss of a job, or paying for expensive, unforeseen medical bills are just a few examples. Educating the court and the prosecutor about the hardships faced by people in such circumstances can lead to much more favorable outcomes. So can proactively paying restitution. There is a proper course of action to solving your problems and we can help you find that path.
We will work to find a solution that both keeps you out of jail and keeps the felony conviction off of your record. We’ve helped many people in your situation and we can help you. If you’d like a free phone consultation with an experienced forgery defense attorney, call Michigan white-collar criminal defense lawyer Jeffrey Buehner at (248) 865-9640. Call now.
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