Criminal Defense Attorneys in Washington
The legal system can be complex and intimidating, but you don’t have to face it alone when facing any criminal charges, including those pertaining to fraud. At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, our Criminal Defense Attorneys in Washington specialize in criminal law, with a combined 50+ years of experience. We will protect you and your rights, prioritizing your defense throughout the legal process.
Understanding Forgery and Criminal Impersonation
Forgery and Criminal Impersonation are serious offenses in Washington that can carry severe consequences, including substantial fines and lengthy imprisonment. It’s crucial to have a skilled criminal defense attorney by your side who understands the intricacies of these charges and can build a strong defense strategy tailored to your specific circumstances.
What is Forgery?
Forgery occurs when a person willfully manufactures, completes, or edits a “written instrument” or document with the aim to commit fraud. Possessing, disposing of, or offering a fraudulent document that you knew was forged to another individual is also a crime. Notaries, driver’s licenses, passports, works of art, letters of recommendation, bank statements, etc. are some examples. In addition, Washington recognizes electronic and digital forms of impersonation, such as altering or fabricating passwords, digital signatures, or electronic documents as forgery.
In the state of Washington, Forgery is classified as a class C felony. As such, it is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a maximum $10,000.00 fine.
What is Criminal Impersonation?
Criminal Impersonation in the First Degree: This offense encompasses two distinct scenarios: 1) Assuming a false identity and performing an action while embodying that fabricated persona, with the specific intention of defrauding another person or engaging in any other unlawful activity or; 2) pretending to be a representative of an individual, organization, or even a public servant, and subsequently carrying out an action in the guise of that role, with the intent to defraud someone or commit an unlawful act. Criminal impersonation in the first degree is categorized as a class C felony, with potential penalties amounting up to 5 years in prison and $10,000.00 in fines.
Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree: The offense also details two different elements. 1) If a person falsely claims to be a law enforcement officer or creates an impression that they hold such a position, and then engages in an action with the specific intent to convey the impression that they are acting in an official capacity or; 2) If an individual fraudulently assumes the identity of a veteran or an active-duty member of the armed forces of the United States, with the intent to deceive and gain personal benefits or to facilitate any unlawful activity, they are also considered culpable. Criminal impersonation in the second degree is classified as a gross misdemeanor and carries penalties that range up to 364 days in jail and $5,000.00 in fines.
Why Choose Our Office?
With years of experience in criminal defense, our attorneys have a deep understanding of Washington’s legal system and the specific laws pertaining to forgery and criminal impersonation. We have successfully handled numerous cases and have a proven track record of achieving favorable outcomes for our clients.
At the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, we specialize in criminal defense for fraud cases, allowing us to concentrate our efforts, knowledge, and resources on understanding the nuances of forgery and criminal impersonation. This focused approach enables us to provide you with the highest level of legal representation tailored to your unique situation.
We believe in building strong attorney-client relationships based on trust and open communication. When you choose the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer, you can expect personalized attention and dedicated support throughout the entire legal process. We will listen to your side of the story, answer your questions, and keep you informed about the progress of your case.
Our attorneys are adept at crafting strategic defense strategies that challenge the prosecution’s evidence, question the credibility of witnesses, and explore any potential violations of your constitutional rights. We leave no stone unturned in building a robust defense that seeks the best possible outcome for you.
We are passionate about protecting the rights and interests of our clients. Our team of dedicated attorneys will zealously advocate for you in court, challenging the prosecution’s case and fighting tirelessly to secure the best possible result. We are not afraid to take your case to trial if it is in your best interest.
Let Us Help You
Don’t let forgery or criminal impersonation charges derail your life. Take control of your future by reaching out to the skilled criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Erin Bradley McAleer. We are here to guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and fight for your freedom.
Contact us today at (360) 334-6277 to schedule a confidential consultation and get a head-start on your case with one of our knowledgeable lawyers.