While many people associate counterfeiting with printing and/or circulating fake money, it actually is a crime that encompasses much more than that. In fact, counterfeiting is a kind of white collar crime that involves creating items and representing them as more valuable than they actually are. In addition to money, common products that are counterfeited include shoes, clothing, and handbags. Regardless of what type of product you are charged with counterfeiting, the repercussions and penalties which you may face could have a drastic and debilitating affect on your life and freedom.
Counterfeiting is a very serious charge. For this reason, it is likely in your best interest to contact an experienced San Jose criminal defense attorney, as they may be able to help reduce your penalties or have the charge dismissed altogether. Call the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C., at (408)296-4100 to schedule your free consultation today.
In the state of California, counterfeiting is considered a federal felony offense. The following are potential penalties if convicted:
- $1000 minimum fine
- 2 – 4 years in state prison
- Additional years of imprisonment for more severe crimes
- Community service
- Offense recorded on permanent record
With the support of a dedicated defense attorney, you may be able to avoid harsh penalties or a conviction altogether. Being accused of a crime does not necessarily mean that you are guilty and you have the right to fight the accusations of counterfeiting that stand against you.
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