Information on Forgery charges in Kansas

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What is the Kansas Law on Forgery?

Statute 21-3710: Forgery.

(a) Forgery is knowingly and with intent to defraud:
(1) Making, altering or endorsing any written instrument in such manner that it purports to have been made, altered or endorsed by another person, either real or fictitious, and if a real person without the authority of such person; or altering any written instrument in such manner that it purports to have been made at another time or with different provisions without the authority of the maker thereof; or making, altering or endorsing any written instrument in such manner that it purports to have been made, altered or endorsed with the authority of one who did not give such authority;
(2) issuing or delivering such written instrument knowing it to have been thus made, altered or endorsed; or
(3) possessing, with intent to issue or deliver, any such written instrument knowing it to have been thus made, altered or endorsed.
(b) (1) Forgery is a severity level 8 nonperson felony.
(2) On a first conviction of a violation of this section, in addition to any other sentence imposed, a person shall be fined the lesser of the amount of the Forged Instrument or $500.
(3) On a second conviction of a violation of this section, a person shall be required to serve at least 30 days imprisonment as a condition of probation, and fined the lesser of the amount of the forged instrument or $1,000.
(4) On a third or subsequent conviction of a violation of this section, a person shall be required to serve at least 45 days' imprisonment as a condition of probation, and fined the lesser of the amount of the forged instrument or $2,500.
(5) The person convicted shall not be eligible for release on probation, suspension or reduction of sentence or parole until the person has served the mandatory sentence as provided herein.
(c) In any prosecution under this section, it may be alleged in the complaint or information that it is not known whether a purported person is real or fictitious, and in such case there shall be a rebuttable presumption that such purported person is fictitious.

What is the rage of punishment for a first conviction for Forgery?

Determining a accurate range of punishment depends largely on the accused person's criminal history and the specific part of the law they have violated. This is not a univiseral range of punishment and any individual charged with such a crime should look to a an experienced criminal attorney to give them the possible range of punishment that they are subject to.


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How can a Criminal Defense Attorney help?

The first thing a criminal defense attorney can do is investigate your case. A criminal defense attorney can listen to your side of the story as well as find out what law enforcement is alleging you did and what evidence they have against you. A criminal defense attorney can then give you an accurate analysis of your case and tell you the strengths and weaknesses of your possible defenses. A criminal defense attorney can act on your behalf to minimize any further damage. A defense attorney can advise you on what you need to do, and what you should not do. A criminal defense attorney can take the heavy load of stress surrounding your criminal charges and bring some solidarity and council to your situation.


Should I defend myself?

You would never think of performing brain surgery on yourself, so why would you ever try to defend yourself in a criminal case. When you are charged with a crime, you need help. Your life, liberty, and reputation are on the line and you need to defend them. You need an attorney that knows the ends and outs of the local courts, one that understands criminal procedure and can help achieve the best outcome possible for you. You need an defense attorney that can sit down with you, explain the law and give you accurate legal advice based on your specific facts. You need help and you need it from a qualified criminal defense lawyer.


What does it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney on an Forgery Case?

Things we consider when determining our Attorney's fee:
(1) the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly;
(2) the likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer;
(3) the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services;
(4) the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances;
(5) the nature and length of the professional relationship with the client;
(6) the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services;


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