COUNTERFEITING AND FORGERY

At Draycott Browne we have a specialist team of experienced fraud solicitors, who are experts in their field and are able to help you fight allegations of counterfeiting or forgery.

Investigations into any alleged fraud can be extremely damaging to both a company and an individual so it is vital that you respond quickly to any accusations and seek immediate legal advice to ensure the best chance of a successful outcome.

We provide straightforward and friendly advice so if you are facing charges for forgery or counterfeiting, call Draycott Browne today on 0161 228 2244 and receive the advice and support you need from our qualified solicitors.

WHAT AM I BEING ACCUSED OF?

Counterfeiting and forgery are extremely complex areas of law but our legal team has the significant experience and expertise that will be essential for building a clear-cut case on your behalf.

Forgery

Forgery is the process of making, copying or using a ‘false instrument’, which can include a document, signature, banknote or another object of value like a piece of artwork, with the intent of deceiving another.

Documents that can be the object of forgery include but are not limited to:

  • Passports
  • Driving Licenses
  • ID cards
  • Contracts
  • Legal certificates like birth, marriage and death certificates
  • Cheques
  • Bank cards

Counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is the process of creating replicas of an item with the intent of passing them off as the original or genuine articles. Counterfeiting is ordinarily, although not always, associated with items that are produced en masse such as money and other items including consumer goods like:

  • Electronics
  • Designer goods including clothes, handbags and watches
  • Cigarettes
  • Toys
  • Music

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES?

If you are found guilty of counterfeiting or forgery then you will be charged with the crime of fraud. Allegations of such crimes are taken extremely seriously under UK law and can include a custodial sentence of up to 10 years as well as substantial fines.

Such offences can also be extremely damaging to your reputation, your business and your livelihood.

HOW WE CAN HELP

At Draycott Browne, our fraud specialists are well-respected across the industry for their knowledge and expertise in this field. We are able to provide you with a first-class defence having successfully defended numerous clients facing similar charges for the full range of counterfeiting and forgery offences including:

  • Forging documents
  • Involvement in comprehensive document fraud schemes
  • Possession of forged or counterfeit documents
  • Selling fake designer goods
  • Importing fake products
  • Making counterfeit currency

It is easy for individuals and businesses to become involved in transactions of goods and intellectual property in good faith, only to later realise they have been unwittingly involved in fraudulent activity. Similarly, employers can unknowingly fall foul of the law and subsequently be subjected to investigations surrounding the eligibility of their workers to reside in the UK.

It is, therefore, essential anyone facing criminal charges receives a fair trial and at Draycott Browne, we will work diligently to prepare a thorough defence with the aim of helping you to avoid a criminal conviction.

We have a wealth of experience liaising with investigating agencies like Trading Standards, HMRC and the CPS and will keep you updated at all stages to minimise the stress and worry that such procedures can cause.

We recognise that no two cases are the same in this highly specialised area and we will work closely with you to unravel the individual complexities of your particular situation and guarantee that we will be both thorough and tenacious in helping to build a robust defence on your behalf.

We can help with:

  • Legal representation from the moment of your arrest.
  • Advising you throughout the entire process.
  • Compiling an effective and compelling defence.
  • Representing you in court.
  • Preparing an appeal if necessary.

Our technical knowledge and understanding of all related legislature will ensure that by working with Draycott Browne, you have the strongest, most pro-active, most effective defence possible. Our expertise and specialism in this area also mean that we are best placed to offer you the necessary support and guidance throughout the entire the judicial process.

Draycott Browne is well regarded across the legal profession. We take great pride in our professionalism and dedication to our clients and will work hard to protect you, your business and its reputation. We are relentless in the pursuit of achieving the best results possible for all of our clients and are entirely committed to bringing your case to a successful conclusion.

CONTACT DRAYCOTT BROWNE

When it comes to defending you and your business don’t settle for anything less than the best. Draycott Browne provides legal services across Manchester and the Northwest so for advice and representation from the fraud experts, call us today on 0161 228 2244 or complete our online enquiry form.

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