New York City Criminal Defense Lawyers for Disability Placard Forgery Charges
In the State of New York, under New York Penal Law 170, any person who “makes, completes, or alters” any “written instrument” to defraud or deceive another person can be held accountable for the crime of forgery. Criminal possession of a forged document is also a crime in New York. Forgery charges range from misdemeanors to Class C felonies, and apply to all kinds of forgeries – credit cards, official documents, deeds, or checks. People accused of forgery of a handicapped parking permit or a disability parking placard in New York City – or even possession of a forged disability placard – can face serious misdemeanor or felony charges.
If you believe you could be facing felony or misdemeanor charges for forgery or for possession of a forged instrument for disability placard forgery or using a fake handicapped parking permit, you need the assistance of a lawyer as soon as possible. The team of experienced criminal defense lawyers at Raiser & Kenniff, P.C. know the law well and have a thorough understanding of the justice system, and can put that knowledge and experience to work for you to combat disability placard forgery charges. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of legal service and advocacy available.
Forgery in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor, and can be applied to any person who falsely makes any written instrument. New York has a wide definition of written instruments, which include disability placards and handicapped parking permits.
Forgery in the second degree is a Class D felony, and includes falsely making, completing, or altering a written instrument of various kinds, including deeds, wills, credit cards, and more importantly in relation to disability placard forgery – public records, or written instruments “issued or created by a public office, public servant or governmental instrumentality.” A person convicted of second degree forgery could face a prison sentence not to exceed seven years, a fine not to exceed the higher of $5,000 or twice the accused person’s financial benefit from the forgery, or both prison and a fine.
Felony convictions can affect your employment prospects, eligibility for public services, loan eligibility, and more. If you have previous convictions for forgery or other felonies, this can lead to more severe sentences and consequences than for first-time offenders. Disability placard forgery charges can have a severe impact on your life, and it is very important that you obtain the services of legal counsel in order to give you the best chance of avoiding conviction and protecting your rights, reputation and future.
Criminal possession of a forged instrument, including a fake handicapped parking permit or forged disability placard, is also a crime in New York. Even if you did not create a forged disability placard or a fake handicapped parking permit, you could still be at risk of misdemeanor or even felony charges for having a forged disability placard in your possession.
The New York City criminal defense lawyers at Raiser & Kenniff, P.C. will mount an aggressive defense for your rights, your freedom, and your reputation. Disability placard forgery charges are serious, but can be embarrassing or confusing. Experienced attorneys can help you to make sense of your situation and protect your rights. Our team of successful and professional criminal defense lawyers can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at Raiser & Kenniff, P.C., at 212-274-0090 by telephone, or you can schedule a free 30-minute consultation online to discuss your disability placard forgery charges.