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What does a forgery accusation mean?

Forgery can happen in many different circumstances, but often it takes place in a business environment. Therefore, it usually occurs in a situation where someone is in a position of trust, and there is a working relationship of some kind.

Those who commit forgery usually take advantage of being trusted, and use this trust to commit an illegal act that is for their own personal gain.

Forgery in detail

In order for an action to be considered forgery under the law, it must include an intent to deceive. Therefore, forgery can never occur by accident. The crime of forgery must also include the effort to imitate an object of value or a document that has the potential to bring value. This could be the act of imitating another's signature on a legal document that would lead to beneficial consequences for the forger. Forging can also be done to objects, pieces of data, goods for sale and currency.

How can it be proven that forgery was intentional?

If you have been accused of forgery, one possible defense, depending on the circumstances, could be that you did not intend to commit forgery. This is because intent is a necessary element of the crime. If you can prove that the act was a mistake, you will not be charged with the crime.

Similarly, forgery requires deception. This means that if you were completely honest and had not deceived anyone in regard to your actions, you cannot be charged with forgery.

If you have been accused of forgery in a business environment, it is important that you take this seriously and take action as soon as possible.

Source: FindLaw, "Forgery," accessed June 01, 2018

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