Understanding Indiana's Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws IC 35-43-5-2
Welcome to the B. Hicks Law Blog! We're here to keep you informed about legal matters, and in this post, we'll dive into Indiana's counterfeiting and forgery laws, specifically IC 35-43-5-2. If you or someone you know is facing charges related to counterfeiting or forgery, it's crucial to understand these laws and what they entail.
Counterfeiting and Forgery in Indiana
IC 35-43-5-2 outlines the legal definitions and penalties for counterfeiting and forgery in the state of Indiana. It's essential to comprehend the distinctions between these two offenses and the consequences they carry.
Counterfeiting: A Level 6 Felony
Under subsection (a) of this law, a person commits counterfeiting if they knowingly or intentionally:
Make or utter a written instrument in a manner that makes it appear to have been created by another person, at a different time, with different provisions, or by authority of someone who did not provide authorization.
Possess more than one written instrument while knowing that they were made in a manner that makes them appear to have been created by another person, at another time, with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give authorization.
Counterfeiting in Indiana is classified as a Level 6 felony, which is a serious offense with significant legal implications.
Forgery: A Level 6 Felony
Subsection (b) of IC 35-43-5-2 deals with forgery. A person commits forgery if, with the intent to defraud, they make, utter, or possess a written instrument in a manner that makes it appear to have been created by another person, at another time, with different provisions, or by authority of someone who did not give authorization. Forgery is also categorized as a Level 6 felony in Indiana.
The Importance of Legal Representation
Understanding the specifics of counterfeiting and forgery laws in Indiana is crucial, but it's equally important to recognize the significance of legal representation if you or someone you know is facing such charges.
At B. Hicks Law, we are committed to defending the rights and interests of our clients. We have extensive experience in criminal defense, and we understand the complexities of Indiana's legal system. When you're facing allegations of counterfeiting or forgery, you need a knowledgeable attorney by your side to ensure a fair and just outcome.
Counterfeiting and forgery are serious offenses in Indiana, carrying Level 6 felony charges. If you or someone you know is facing these allegations, it's essential to seek legal counsel promptly. B. Hicks Law is here to provide the guidance and support you need during these challenging times. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your legal options. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of Indiana's legal system and work toward a favorable resolution.