Forgery Attorney

Are you facing Forgery charges in Illinois?

Waukegan Criminal Defense AttorneysIf you have recently been arrested or are facing criminal charges for Forgery 720 ILCS 5/17-3, then it is critical that you speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Besides your attorney, do not talk with anyone else regarding the situation, especially the authorities, until you have consulted with an experienced criminal attorney like those at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer. Your silence is virtually always your best choice when you are dealing with criminal charges. You are under no obligation to speak to the police. Instead, you should politely, but firmly, refuse to do so without your lawyer present.

At the Law Offices of Winer & Winer, we have years of experience, familiarity with the local courts and law enforcement, and the knowledge to help you.

Call us today to find out how our criminal defense attorneys can guard your rights and work toward the best possible outcome in your case.

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Forgery 720 ILCS 5/17-3

A person commits forgery when, with intent to defraud, he or she knowingly:
(1) makes a false document or alters any document to make it false and that document is apparently capable of defrauding another; or
(2) issues or delivers such document knowing it to have been thus made or altered; or
(3) possesses, with intent to issue or deliver, any such document knowing it to have been thus made or altered; or
(4) unlawfully uses the digital signature, as defined in the Financial Institutions Electronic Documents and Digital Signature Act, of another; or
(5) unlawfully uses the signature device of another to create an electronic signature of that other person, as those terms are defined in the Electronic Commerce Security Act.

In general, Forgery is a Class 3 felony. However, Forgery is a Class 4 felony when only one Universal Price Code Label is forged. When an academic degree or coin is forged, Forgery is a Class A misdemeanor.

To achieve the best possible outcome in your case, you must act quickly and find a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to help you fight your charges of Forgery.

Forgery Defense Attorneys in Waukegan, Illinois

Choosing the best criminal defense lawyer to handle your Forgery charges can be a tough decision. But with over 50 years of combined legal experience and wide-ranging trial work, you can be certain that by a choosing the Law Offices of Winer & Winer you have made the correct choice. We are highly respected within the legal community and have a track record for vigorous advocacy for our clients. The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer are among the most outstanding legal strategists and trial attorneys in Lake County, Illinois.

Working Tirelessly to Protect the Rights of the Accused

Put our knowledge and experience to work for you on your case, just as we have done for 1000s of completely satisfied clients.
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Hundreds of 5-Star Reviews*

Great representation – 5.0 stars

“After my initial meeting with Evan about my case, I felt much more at ease. He explained what to expect, what I needed to do, and kept me updated throughout the process. He followed through on everything he said he would do on my behalf. I am thrilled with the outcome and would highly recommend Evan Winer to assist with any legal matters requiring a strong defense”. ~ By a client, as written on the AVVO website.

Great Attorney! – 5.0 stars

“As a client of David Winer, I have had nothing but praise for him in representing me as my Attorney. He has demonstrated the ability to go above and beyond to ensure the best possible outcomes in my cases. David’s dedication to his craft and his outside the box thinking is what sets him apart from many other criminal defense attorneys. He is also very thorough, honest, and reliable. For these reasons, I would recommend David to anyone that seeking an lawyer to represent them” ~ By a client, as written on the AVVO website.

* These clients were not necessarily charged with Forgery. Nothing should be implied about the clients or charges by inclusion of these reviews here. The reviews only illustrate the attorney-client experience when working with the Law Offices of Winer & Winer.

Experienced Trial Attorneys

Experience matters. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Winer and Winer have years of trial expertise. We know the local prosecutors, law enforcement and judges. We are deeply knowledgeable with all aspects of the local court system. Put our experience and knowledge to work for you. We are committed to assisting you get through the process to reach your best possible outcome. Set up your initial consultation today so we can begin the process of assessing how good your chances are for an advantageous outcome in court, or at the negotiating table.

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Other Crimes Related to Forgery

The Criminal Defense Attorneys at the Law Office of Winer and Winer are you best choice to help you with Forgery and other crimes related to Deception and Fraud, for example:

  • Deceptive practices, 720 ILCS 5/17-1
  • False personation; solicitation, 720 ILCS 5/17-2
  • Forgery, 720 ILCS 5/17-3
  • Deceptive sale of gold or silver, 720 ILCS 5/17-3.5
  • Deceptive collection practices, 720 ILCS 5/17-5
  • Unlawful attempt to collect compensated debt against a crime victim, 720 ILCS 5/17-5.5
  • Deceptive advertising, 720 ILCS 5/17-5.


  • State benefits fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-6
  • WIC fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-6.3
  • Persons under deportation order; ineligibility for benefits, 720 ILCS 5/17-6.5
  • False information on an application for employment with certain public or private agencies; use of false academic degree, 20 ILCS 5/17-8.3
  • Fraud on a governmental entity, 720 ILCS 5/17-8.5
  • Public aid wire and mail fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-9
  • Businesses owned by minorities, females, and persons with disabilities; fraudulent contracts with governmental units, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.2
  • Deception relating to certification of disadvantaged business enterprises, 720 ILCS 5/17-10.3


  • Odometer or hour meter fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-11
  • Installation of object in lieu of air bag, 720 ILCS 5/17-11.2
  • Tampering with a security, fire, or life safety system, 720 ILCS 5/17-11.5
  • Fraud in transfers of real and personal property, 720 ILCS 5/17-13
  • Fraud in stock transactions, 720 ILCS 5/17-17
  • Obstructing gas, water, or electric current meters, 720 ILCS 5/17-20
  • Obstructing service meters, 720 ILCS 5/17-21
  • Mail fraud and wire fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-24
  • Misconduct by a corporate official, 720 ILCS 5/17-26
  • Fraud on creditors, 720 ILCS 5/17-27
  • Defaced, altered, or removed manufacturer or owner identification number, 720 ILCS 5/17-30


  • False statement to procure credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-3
  • Possession of another’s credit, debit, or identification card, 720 ILCS 5/17-32
  • Possession of lost or mislaid credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-33
  • Sale of credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-34
  • Use of credit or debit card as security for debt, 720 ILCS 5/17-35
  • Use of counterfeited, forged, expired, revoked, or unissued credit or debit card, 720 ILCS 5/17-36
  • Use of credit or debit card with intent to defraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-37
  • Use of account number or code with intent to defraud; possession of record of charge forms, 720 ILCS 5/17-38
  • Receipt of goods or services, 720 ILCS 5/17-39
  • Signing another’s card with intent to defraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-40
  • Altered or counterfeited card, 720 ILCS 5/17-41
  • Possession of incomplete card, 720 ILCS 5/17-42
  • Prohibited deposits, 720 ILCS 5/17-43
  • Fraudulent use of electronic transmission, 720 ILCS 5/17-44
  • Payment of charges without furnishing item of value, 720 ILCS 5/17-45
  • Furnishing items of value with intent to defraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-46
  • Failure to furnish items of value, 720 ILCS 5/17-47


  • Computer fraud, 720 ILCS 5/17-50
  • Computer tampering, 720 ILCS 5/17-51
  • Aggravated computer tampering, 720 ILCS 5/17-52
  • Unlawful use of encryption, 720 ILCS 5/17-52.5


  • Financial exploitation of an elderly person or a person with a disability, 720 ILCS 5/17-56
  • Defrauding drug and alcohol screening tests, 720 ILCS 5/17-57
  • Fraudulent production of infant, 720 ILCS 5/17-58
  • Criminal usury, 720 ILCS 5/17-59
  • Promotion of pyramid sales schemes, 720 ILCS 5/17-60
  • Unauthorized use of university stationery, 720 ILCS 5/17-61
  • Unlawful possession of device for manufacturing a false universal price code label, 720 ILCS 5/17-62

For more information about the above crimes see the Illinois Code for Deception and Fraud.

Click on the following links to learn more about a small sample of charges we defend for our clients at the Law Offices of Winer & Winer. Call our Criminal Defense Attorneys even f you are charged with a crime not listed below. We defend all felonies and misdemeanors.