What is Counterfeiting?
Counterfeiting is the act of illegally creating facsimiles of a product, document, or currency. In general, counterfeiters are accused of creating these fake items at a low cost and selling them at a high value in order to make a profit. However, counterfeiting can result in a first-degree felony charge, penalties for which include heavy fines in addition to at least five years in prison.
If you have been charged with counterfeiting, it is imperative that you defend yourself from the harsh punishments that come with a conviction. An aggressive Milwaukee criminal defense attorney of Hart Powell, S.C. can help you fight your counterfeiting allegations. Contact us at (414) 271-9595 to learn more about how we can assist you.
Commonly Counterfeit Items
Counterfeiting is often classified as a white collar crime as it is typically these individuals that have access to copyrighted, trademarked, or other protected information or products that can then be counterfeited. Some commonly counterfeit items include:
- Treasury bonds
- Drivers’ licenses
- Designer goods
Because counterfeiting has the potential to create an enormous disruption in the normal economic process, it is considered a serious crime. Charges and subsequent penalties for counterfeiting are therefore ranked according to the value of the item and prosecuted as anywhere from a class A misdemeanor to a first-degree felony.
If you have been accused of counterfeiting, you will need a strong, capable defense. The criminal defense lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C. are experienced in preparing solid criminal defenses. Call us at (414) 271-9595 to discuss your situation and the charges against you.