Counterfeiting is a criminal offense that involves creating unauthorized replicas of an item. This may be some form of currency, such as paper money or coins. It may also relate to legal or financial documents, as in the case of bonds, marriage certificates, postage stamps, or passports.
In more recent years, counterfeiting has become increasingly common in cases involving designer goods: watches, jewelry, handbags, clothing, and accessories.
A person may face federal charges for counterfeiting if he or she is suspected of creating or dealing in counterfeit currency or goods. Even possessing materials for the purpose of counterfeiting is a serious offense. If convicted of counterfeiting legal tender, a defendant may face up to 20 years in prison along with heavy fines. Specific penalties, however, may vary depending on the unique case.
For more than 30 years, Bradley Collins has aggressively and successfully protected clients in the face of counterfeiting and other federal charges.