Possession of Forgery Device Attorney
Possession of a Forgery Device – Theft Charges in Arizona
To be convicted of Criminal Possession of Forgery Device in Arizona the prosecution must proof the following:
- You possessed or made any item that could be used in forgery; and
- Your intent for use of that item by you or another person was to commit forgery. Thus, you had to have known the item was being made or used, and that it was being used for forgery.
AZ Theft Laws - Possession of a Forgery Device Law
Possession of a Forgery Device in Arizona is classified as a Felony. The Arizona Law is outlined under AZ criminal code A.R.S. 163 -2003 and is cited below in part as follows:
“13-2003. Criminal possession of a forgery device;
A. A person commits criminal possession of a forgery device if the person either:
1. Makes or possesses with knowledge of its character and with intent to commit fraud any plate, die, or other device, apparatus, equipment, software, access device, article, material, good, property or supply specifically designed or adapted for use in forging written instruments.
2. Makes or possesses any device, apparatus, equipment, software, access device, article, material, good, property or supply adaptable for use in forging written instruments with intent to use it or to aid or permit another to use it for purposes of forgery.
B. Subsection A, paragraph 1 does not apply to peace officers or prosecutors in the performance of their duties.
C. A violation of subsection A, paragraph 1 is a class 6 felony. A violation of subsection A, paragraph 2 is a class 5 felony…”
Possession of Forgery Device Penalties in Arizona
Depending if you have been convicted of a class 5 or 6 felony you could face a prison term of 2/0 to 2/5 years. Even if you have the opportunity for probation you still may be sentenced to 12 months jail, restitution, community service, counseling to mention a few alternatives for the Judge. The sentencing depends on prior criminal history and circumstances surrounding the current charges.
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Arizona for Possession of a Forgery Device Charges
These are very serious felony charges. A conviction will lead to harsh sentencing which is severe and will follow you for the rest of your life. If you are being investigated or have active criminal charges for possession of a forgery device in Arizona, you should contact a criminal defense attorney who is experienced at defending such charges. The key to building and mounting the most effective defense strategy for such charges is early retention. Call today for your FREE consultation with an Arizona Possession of a Forgery Device Lawyer, James Novak (480) 413-1499 at the Law Office of James Novak.