This section looks at forgery and identity theft offences, both of which can be considered subsets of fraud. If you are facing criminal charges for identity theft or forgery in, NSW or the ACT, having the guidance of a professional identity theft lawyer is crucial. J Sutton Associates have extensive experience in the area of identity theft and forgery and can assist you with your case.
Forgery & Identity Theft Offences
Forgery is the manipulation of a document or thing used to intentionally defraud someone by convincing them of its legitimacy. While this sounds cryptic, in plain English, it may be a painting that is being sold as an original by a famous artist and worth a lot of money, when it was painted by someone recently and is valueless in comparison. A more practical example may be the forgery of a will by a beneficiary who seeks a larger share of an inheritance.
Identity theft may be achieved by stealing credit cards from the mail and using them, as a foundation, to set up an entirely new identity. When this occurs, people can apply for loans and credit to the detriment of the credit provider.
The penalties for bribery and corruption offences tend to be harsh because of the planning and deceit involved in their commission. Historically, the courts have always punished crimes with planning and deceit, heavily to dissuade other from committing them.
Criminal identity theft and forgery offences include:
- Dealing with identification information
- Possession of identification information
- Possession of equipment etc. to make identification documents or things
- Forgery—making false document
- Using false document
- Possession of false document
- Making or possession of equipment etc. for making false documents
You can find out more information about these criminal identity theft offences by selecting from the list on the left.
Criminal Identity Theft Lawyers – Sydney Based
If you have been charged with a forgery or identity theft offence and you would like assistance to understand your options, consult our skilled criminal identity theft lawyers at J Sutton Associates based in Sydney, New South Wales. They are NSW Law Society recognised Accredited Specialists in criminal law with decades of experience acting for people in these situations. For personalised advice and service, get in touch with us on 02 8080 8055 and organise an obligation free consultation today.