Check Fraud Defense in Virginia
We handle many types of criminal defense cases, including check fraud. In Virginia, stiff penalties are imposed for check fraud, which is broken down into two separate felonies: Forging and Uttering. It is also common for the prosecutors in these cases to have a high standard of proof (beyond a reasonable doubt), which is why it is crucial to contact an attorney immediately in these situations.
Our attorneys focus on analyzing and advising clients charged with these serious crimes, and our firm has a strong track record in these cases. We will be able to tell you very early whether or not the state has a strong case against you.
Forging and Uttering
One of the most common forms of check fraud involves forging. Virginia is unique in its criminal laws regulating forging, separating the crime into two separate and distinct crimes, forging and uttering. Forging involves altering the signature or other information with the intent to defraud. Uttering is the attempt to use the forged document, with knowledge that the check was forged.
- You do not have to commit one to commit the other: You can forge a check and not utter it, and you can utter a check that you did not forge.
- Each of these crimes can be a felony: Even if you were only indicted of one orthe other, you will probably be charged with a felony.
- Conviction of both usually means conviction of two felonies: Since forging and uttering are considered distinct and separate crimes, if you’re convicted of both, you’re convicted of two distinct and separate felony crimes.
Facing Criminal Charges? Remain Silent!
If you have any police contact regarding your possible criminal involvement — an arrest, formal criminal charges, the police knocking on your door to just “ask you a few questions” — the best advice we can give you is be quiet! Exercise your right to remain silent, or your words will be used against you. If you must talk to someone, talk to a lawyer.
Chesterfield Forgery Defense Attorney
If you are looking for a Virginia law firm to defend you against check fraud charges, you can talk to one of our lawyers to learn about your legal options and what we can do to help you in your case. Contact us online, call 804-332-6161 or 866-547-6373 toll free to schedule your initial consultation.
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Your Check Fraud Lawyers In Virginia
Giving You Peace of Mind — Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience representing clients who are facing extraordinary challenges. Every case is unique, and that’s why you need professional legal counsel to help you decide your next steps. Contact one of our attorneys today to learn more.
J. Thompson Cravens
Joe Cravens is a proud veteran of the United States Army and has practiced in the areas of personal injury, criminal law, domestic relations and military law for over 30 years. He is a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum.View Profile
David Edward Noll
David Noll’s primary focus is working directly with his clients in order to strongly advocate the best possible result. He has been representing Virginians for over two decades in all things civil litigation.View Profile
W. Allan Burns Jr.
Allan Burns is a University of Richmond Law School alum. He excels in the areas of family law, bankruptcy, business law and personal injury.View Profile
Tameka W. Robinson
Senior Associate Attorney
Tameka Robinson is passionate about equal access to justice and juvenile justice issues and taking care of her community. She is engaged in various community service events, cheers for her hometown teams, the Yankees, Giants and the Knicks and loves traveling wherever the road may lead.View Profile
Kent Benninger graduated from Liberty University both undergraduate and Law before moving to Richmond in 2016. He began his career with a focus on Criminal Law.View Profile
Eppa Hunton VI
Eppa Hunton grew up in the Richmond area before falling in love with the Shenandoah Valley while attending Washington & Lee University in Lexington. He now heads Cravens & Noll’s Harrisonburg office and enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the area.View Profile
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