PC 470 Defense
California Penal Code 470 – Forgery
California Penal Code § 470 is the statute outlining the criminal offense for forgery. Under this statute, any person who does the following with the intent to defraud is subject to criminal prosecution:
- Signs the name of another;
- Signs the name of a fictitious person;
- Counterfeits or forges a seal; or
- Falsifies a legal document such as a will
A person's intent to defraud and the fraudulent act they commit are two of the most important legal elements the government focuses on when attempting to convict accused individuals. At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, our legal team is capable of defending clients by disproving these legal elements, challenging the prosecution's case, and supporting defense strategies with compelling evidence.