Forgery Uttering and Publishing, Check Account Crimes

Business, banking and public offices rely on accurate records and transactions. Forgery, counterfeiting, falsifying documents and financial scams cost billions of dollars to business, government and ultimately consumers. In Michigan, counterfeiting and forgery are felonies which can also result in Federal crimes if money is counterfeited or under circumstances where the offense involves certain financial institutions or credit unions. The use of mail or electronic media such as computers, cell phones, fax machines or telephones may also give rise to Federal criminal charges.

Uttering and Publishing, Forgery

In Michigan, uttering and publishing occurs when a person falsely makes, alters, forges or counterfeits specified documents, such as public records or deeds, with the intent to defraud another person. The crime of uttering and publishing in Michigan is a felony which can be punished by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.

Forgery or possession of bank documents such as checks is a felony which can be punished by imprisonment for not more than 7 years.

Check Crimes, Insufficient Funds or No Account

A person who writes a bad check, known as insufficient funds or NSF, or writes a check against a closed or bogus account faces criminal prosecution in Michigan. The offense of drawing a check against a bank without an account is a felony punishable by up to 2 years in prison. In addition, a person who writes an NSF check in the amount of $500 or more, or has 2 prior NSF convictions regardless of the amount, can be charged with a felony as well.

Our attorneys are sensitive to persons charged with financial crimes which are often based upon unfortunate circumstances or financial problems. In many crimes involving forgery, uttering and publishing or check crimes (NSF), restitution to the injured party must be addressed. Our firm looks for opportunities to get charges dropped by taking prompt action and making restitution. We also know how to utilize special sentencing provisions such as HYTA or MCL 771.1 to gain dismissals for appropriate clients. Contact the ABDO LAW FIRM if you are charged with any financial crime, including larceny, credit card fraud, check crimes, forgery or uttering and publishing in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne County. Phone: 586-412-5555