Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Good morning, I am a Criminal Defense and Immigration Law attorney and former Prosecutor for the State Attorney's Office. I'll be answering your questions today, please understand this is for informational purposes only, and we do not currently have an attorney-client relationship. Please allow me just a few minutes to prepare some information for you, thank you!
The criminal charge you can potentially face here is called Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, it's found under New York Penal Law 170.25. Basically what this criminal charge alleges is that "you possess a completed or modified written instrument you know is fake and you do so with the intent to defraud or deceive another."
That being said, you should know that the Prosecutor still has to prove their case (if in fact a criminal charge ends up being brought against you). If that happens, and criminal charges are filed against you, I recommend hiring a criminal defense lawyer right away to represent you. Having a good lawyer can make the world of difference. This is especially true since you potentially have some very valid defenses with having suffered a concussion, and any other related medical issues.
You should also know that under the rules of evidence, anything you say to the officers is admissible in court, and can be used against you. So I recommend not speaking with them anymore, and if they contact you to ask you any more questions you should let them know that you won't be answering any more questions and that you'll put them in touch with your lawyer instead.
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I also wanted to let you know that a Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree is a "D" felony punishable by up to seven years in prison for even a first time offender. I want to repeat my earlier suggestion, that if formal charges are filed against you, you hire a criminal defense attorney right away, to bring up all valid defenses and evidence on your behalf.
Other possible outcomes include probation, rehabilitative classes, a fine, or dismissal of the case altogether. I hope that helps, let me know if you have any more questions, and please don't forget to kindly rate me using the stars (it's free) and we can still continue talking after. Thanks!
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