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Counterfeiting Questions

Counterfeiting and piracy is against the law. Counterfeiting laws often raise many tough questions about penalties. Read below where questions have been answered by legal Experts.

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.

What should a person with the counterfeiting charge expect when he/she is already on probation?

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

Is it counterfeiting to sell magic trick coins made out of chrome plated plastic tubing that resembles quarters?

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.

In Pennsylvania, could a person go to jail for printing money on the computer if it is a first offense?

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 between $5,000 and $25,000.

Could a person be charged for spending counterfeit money if he/she is unaware that it was fake money?

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 question you may have.

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