Florida Counterfeit Charges
Counterfeiting is often a serious federal offense that may be prosecuted in state or federal court. Since counterfeiters most frequently create fraudulent currency, designer goods, passports, and legal or financial documents that affect interstate and international commerce and other affairs, the consequences of a conviction may be much more severe than those for state crimes.
Among the most common counterfeiting activities is the funneling of false currency into the economy. This is an example of fraudulent activity that can lead to monumental fines and other harsh penalties, as judges seek to make an example of the convicted to deter would-be counterfeiters. Speak with an experienced white collar crimes attorney in West Palm Beach about the charges against you.
Federal Counterfeiting Charges in West Palm Beach
Many people assume counterfeiting is limited to making false currency or designer handbags; however, almost anything you can imagine has likely been counterfeited at some point. Counterfeiters have forged everything from currency to cigarettes and even computer parts, pharmaceuticals, and liquor. Counterfeiting most frequently involves:
- Currency. Professional counterfeiters use advanced tools to create paper money and coins that are almost identical to legal tender. Those who manufacture false currency constantly work to stay up-to-date on new security measures implemented whenever legal currency is changed.
- False documents. Counterfeiters create fraudulent driver’s licenses, birth certificates, visas, passports, and other important documents. Because these are federal documents, the act of falsifying them could lead to serious federal charges.
- Merchandise. A common occurrence of counterfeiting is the manufacturing of look-alike luxury brand clothing and handbags. Creating fraudulent material goods and selling them as if they were the authentic brand names could constitute counterfeiting if there was intent to defraud.
Since counterfeit goods, currency, and documents often affect interstate and/or international commerce, the penalties a person charged with a counterfeiting offense can face are harsh penalties reserved for federal crimes. The most serious penalties are reserved for the reproduction of currency. Congress raised the maximum prison sentence from 15 to 20 years for this offense. In addition, the maximum fine can reach $250,000 or more depending on the effects of the offense.
Attorney Brian Gabriel has dedicated his 25-year legal career to criminal defense in West Palm Beach and surrounding areas. As your counterfeiting fraud lawyer, he will do whatever it takes to develop a strong case and educate you on the legal process so you are thoroughly prepared for each step. To seek the best possible outcome, call The Law Office of Gabriel & Gabriel at 561-622-5575 for a free consultation or reach out to us online.