Boulder Fraud and Forgery Defense Attorney
Fraud or Forgery Charges
State and federal law broadly define fraud and forgery to include a wide range of criminal offenses generally involving unlawful financial gain through the use of deception or dishonesty. Both crimes are often highly publicized white-collar infractions that can lead to heavy financial losses, loss of reputation, and other severe punishments.
If you are currently facing fraud or forgery allegations, it is imperative to seek legal counsel right away. Contact Dolan + Zimmerman LLP today to learn how we can help protect your rights.
Why Choose Our Fraud or Forgery Defense Lawyer in Boulder?
- Our team has extensive experience in the intricacies of state and federal laws related to crimes involving fraud or forgery.
- Our Boulder criminal defense lawyers individualize our approach to each case and develop the strongest defense strategy based on our client’s goals.
- We make it a priority to be responsive and always accessible to our clients.
What Is Considered Fraud in Colorado?
The numerous fraud-related crimes detailed in Title 18, Article 5 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.), are also referred to as “white collar” crimes. In general, it is considered criminal fraud in Colorado if you:
- Commit a wrongful act with the intent to gain an unfair or undeserved benefit for yourself and/or
- Intentionally cause harm or loss to another person through such an act.
The following two motives typically drive Colorado fraud:
- Financial gain, or
- Attempting to avoid liability for a crime (cover-up).
What Is Considered Forgery in Colorado?
Forgery is the process of making, drawing, altering, or uttering a document with the intent to defraud. A person is guilty of forgery if they alter any writing or create any writing of another person and proclaim it to be the act of the other person who did not authorize it. Forgery also occurs simply from “uttering” a written instrument, meaning transfering, passing, or delivering it.
The Colorado crime of forgery is often committed in the three following ways:
- Counterfeiting or otherwise producing what appears to be a genuine legal instrument – which is – in fact – a phony document
- Falsely filling in one or more important parts of a genuine document (such as forging someone else’s signature on a check or a bill of sale)
- Altering a genuine document that has already been made out in a significant way (such as changing the amount on a check)
Fighting Charges for Fraud or Forgery
If you become aware that you are a suspect in a fraud or forgery crime or you’ve been charged, it is in your best interest to consult an experienced Boulder criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
While you may be inclined to wait and hope the situation resolves itself, a criminal investigation is unlikely to go away. Prosecutors view white-collar crime like any other and will press charges no matter your motives or perceived lack of victims.
In many cases, however, steps can be taken by an attorney to prevent charges from being filed. Even if that is not possible in your situation, early intervention will likely put you in a better position. Whether through negotiation or trial, having a lawyer defend you will be the best option for protecting your future and freedom.
Speak to a Boulder Fraud or Forgery Defense Lawyer Today
To schedule your free consultation with one of our attorneys at Dolan + Zimmerman LLP, call us at 303-593-1874 or contact us online.