Unfortunately, a forgery or fraud conviction in Everett, Washington, will follow you around for the rest of your life. Beyond possible jail, fines, probation, and restitution, a conviction for a crime of dishonesty will impact your ability to get a job and possibly even a place to live.
“Fraud” is when you use false statements to obtain an asset illegally, such as money, state benefits, and credit. There are numerous ways to perpetrate a fraud; hence, there are numerous different types of fraud charges an individual can face for their fraudulent actions. There are fraud laws governing issues ranging from welfare fraud, insurance fraud, and identity fraud to fraud involving liquor warehouse receipts, mock auctions, and sampling of metal/ore.
“Forgery,” on the other hand, is making false statements in writing to obtain an asset illegally. Forgery covers any paper, document, instrument containing written or printed matter, or any access device, token, stamp, seal, badge, trademark, or any other evidence or symbol of value, right, privilege, or identification.
Whether you are accused of fraud or forgery, it is extremely important to take the charge seriously. These types of cases can be complex at times, so it is extremely important to have an experienced attorney guide you through the difficult process. Call our Everett office today for a free consultation.