Under investigation for forgery?
Forgery is a serious crime in Texas and prosecutors aggressively pursue convictions in these cases. If you are convicted of forgery, prospective employers are going to tend to view you as a thief. As a result, it's very important to hire a lawyer who has a proven record of preventing clients from being convicted of forgery charges.
At the Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I am dedicated to protecting your rights and your reputation if you have been charged with forgery. As a former prosecutor for the state of Texas, I bring a unique perspective to the practice of criminal defense, since I have worked on both sides of the courtroom and know what the prosecutor is thinking when building the case against you. My experience in forgery cases is well documented as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, and as a published author on the issue of theft.
Forgery is a Felony
When you sign your name on someone else's check or money order, you are committing a felony. There are a number of possible forgery offenses you may be charged with in Texas:
- Criminal forgery
- Criminal simulation
- Trademark counterfeiting
- Stealing or receiving a stolen check
Even if you are not given a jail sentence, it's important to keep a forgery conviction off your record. A conviction on forgery charges can affect your reputation for the rest of your life and virtually take you out of the job market. Having a crime of dishonesty on your record attaches a stigma to you that can follow you for years.
Immigration Consequences of a Conviction
If you are not a U.S. citizen, the immigration consequences of forgery conviction can be dire. Your immigration status could be at stake and you might even be at risk of being selected for removal proceedings. I have successfully negotiated deals with the State that have allowed my clients to remain in the country after their cases were resolved.