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Counterfeiting Laws

Counterfeiting and piracy is against the law. Counterfeiting laws often raise many tough questions about penalties for counterfeiting. Five of the top counterfeiting questions are answered below by the Lawyers on JustAnswer.

What would the possible sentence or jail time be if the person with the counterfeiting charge is on probation for being under the influence?

Case Details: The person was issued two citations, one for intention of presenting an altered check and the second offence was for the alteration of a check.

The counterfeiting charge (476) carries 2, 3, or 4 years in jail depending on what degree the charge actually is. Being on probation will not help the issue at all. Violation of probation could actually revoke the probation and sentencing could include jail time for their first offense as well as the counterfeiting charges. The sentencing can also be determined by the value of the check. The details of each situation can be unique. It would be best to ask a Lawyer on JustAnswer to get expert legal insights on your specific situation.

If someone sells magic trick coins that resemble quarters made out of chrome plated plastic tube, would this be considered counterfeiting?

No, since you are not manufacturing a complete coin, it is unlikely to be considered as a counterfeit coin in the first place. The key is "in the likeness or similitude as to design, color or the inscription". If you are not sure what constitutes counterfeiting, bring your questions to Lawyers on JustAnswer.

If a person, were to print out money on the computer, would they and go to jail if it was a first offence in Pennsylvania?

Counterfeiting is a very serious offense, carrying not only the possibility of state penalties but Federal penalties as well, if the government were to get involved. A Federal conviction for making/ passing/ possessing counterfeit money could result in up to 20 years of prison. In Pennsylvania it would be a Felony of the Second Degree section 4101) which would carry a possible prison sentence of up to 10 years and/or a fine of anywhere between $5,000 and $25,000.

What is the definition of conspiracy to counterfeit?

Any conspiracy is a plan between two or more people to commit an illegal act. Any action "in furtherance" of that plan is considered to be carrying out the conspiracy. So basically, if two or more people plan to counterfeit money, and any one of them actually does anything towards that goal, they can all be charged with conspiracy to commit counterfeiting. Under Federal Statute Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 25, Section 471 a person convicted of this faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison.

If someone was arrested for spending counterfeit money but was unaware that it was fake money, what could their charges and sentencing be if found guilty in Atlanta GA?

Counterfeiting/manufacturing is an offense which may be prosecuted in state or federal court, with varying penalties that may be enforced. Under Georgia law, counterfeiting is a felony and may be punishable by 1 to 5 or 10 years in state prison, depending on whether it is charged in the first or second degree. Federal sentencing guidelines may enforce harsher penalties upon a conviction for counterfeiting, particularly if currency was illegally replicated. Possession of counterfeit notes involves intention to pass them off as real. It is a felony and carries a penalty of 2-10 years. In order to be found guilty, they must have possessed the intent to commit the crime. The bond amount will be up to the judge to decide.

Counterfeiting and forgery are very serious charges. Understanding the law is the best way to ensure you are on the right side of the law. Since the application of the law can vary from situation to situation and also depending on your location, numerous legal questions can arise. Lawyers on JustAnswer can answer any counterfeiting law question you may have.

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