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Forgery Attorney in Long Beach

Are You Facing Charges for Forgery?

Attorney Leonard Matsuk has over 40 years of experience practicing law in Long Beach and the surrounding areas. This experience has allowed him to know the local court system, judges, prosecutors and courtroom personnel. There are many lawyers, lacking this first-hand knowledge, that have never tried a case before a jury.

Leonard Matsuk has tried over 300 cases in front of judges and juries. If you have been charged with forgery, his knowledge and proven ability may turn out to make all the difference in your case.

Forgery is the intention to commit fraud by knowingly altering, creating or using a document. It means that an individual meant to deceive another for his own gain or at another's expense. It is a type of theft crime. Forgery can be acts such as signing someone's name without authorization, knowingly passing a bad check or knowingly cashing a forged check, even if you didn't write it. It can include forgery on loan documents, wills, real estate documents and others.

A knowledgeable Long Beach criminal defense lawyer will be able to help you understand the charges you face and what consequences they may bring.

Penalties for Forgery Charges

Forgery charges can, depending of the circumstances, be successfully defended by showing lack of intent to defraud on the part of the defendant. They can also be defended by proving that the document would not have defrauded another out of any rights, even if it had been accepted as genuine. A good lawyer will investigate the facts thoroughly to see that the police investigation was done correctly and that your arrest was handled per the letter of the law.

A person will either be charged with a misdemeanor or felony in a forgery case. They will have to spend up to one year in a county jail if convicted of misdemeanor forgery charges. When convicted of felony charges, the individual may have to serve up to 3 years in a state prison. Fines from $1000 up to $10,000 will have to be paid. With the penalties you will be facing, obtaining the services of an experienced lawyer may bring you the outcome you need in your case.

Contact a Forgery Attorney in Long Beach when you or a loved one face forgery charges and desire competent legal assistance.

Our Victories

Take a look at our most recent wins!
  • No Time Served in Custody Assistant Accused of Embezzling Over $200K
  • Warrant Recalled Bench Warrant was Issued Against Our Client
  • Case Dismissed Businessman Charged with Fraud & Misrepresentation
  • Not Guilty Client Accused of Assaulting a Victim Inside Their Home
  • Informal Probation Client Accused of Attempting to Carry a Gun on an Aircraft
  • Charges Dismissed Client Accused of Being an Accomplice to Theft

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Our Satisfied Clients

Hear from our former clients about their experience with the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk. We are proud to protect the rights of the accused and be their trusted advocates in their time of need. Experienced and knowledgeable in a wide range of case types, we are prepared to defend you.

  • “I would want someone too to make an effort this great on my behalf...”
    “I would want someone too to make an effort this great on my behalf...”
    - Judge
  • “I would recommend him to my family and closest friends.”
    My case was a complex felony case. Mr. Matsuk quickly learned all the facts and was well versed in the law. He spent quality time with me and seemed to genuinely care about me and my outcome. He had quality advice and insight based on his many years of experience. He got me the very best outcome. I am very satisfied with his services and representation and would highly recommend him to anyone - including my closest friends and family.
    - Scott
  • “One of the best lawyers in California!”
    An awesome, exceptional and focused attorney that will work for a fair and equitable outcome for his client. Our family will always trust Mr. Matsuk in representing our family's interest in All legal matters. He kept our son from going to prison for seven years. He got sentenced reduced to one year in Los Angeles County Jail.
    - Former Client
  • “Thank you Mr. Matsuk”
    I would highly recommend Mr. Matsuk and his very capable staff Lisa and Sue for needed legal services. Mr. Matsuk clearly explained all aspects of my case with truth and understanding. The results were positive and my experience was the same. Thank you sir.
    - Gilda