New Jersey Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws
Forgery and counterfeiting are related crimes that involve dishonesty. In New Jersey, a person commits forgery if they have the intent to defraud or injure another and commit the following actions:
- Change any writing of another without writer's authorization;
- Make, authenticate, or transfer any writing so that it purports to be that act of another (who didn't authorize that act) or of a fictitious person; or
- Utter any writing with the knowledge that the writing is forged.
New Jersey Writing Definition
Under New Jersey law, "writing" refers to money, credit cards, badges, access devices and other symbols of value including sales receipts, Universal Product Code (UPC) labels, and checks.
Counterfeiting in New Jersey
The offense of counterfeiting is considered a type of forgery since it pertains to creating a false version of something and attempting to pass it off as legitimate. Many of the more serious offenses involve currency, but the counterfeiting of other entities such as securities or retail merchandise and other goods are also serious offenses. Although counterfeiting is primarily a federal crime, New Jersey enforces its own counterfeiting statute.
New Jersey Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws at a Glance
The chart below provides a summary of statutes related to New Jersey's forgery and counterfeiting laws, including links to important code sections.
Forgery as a disorderly persons offense:
Fourth degree forgery:
Third degree forgery:
The actual penalties will depend on the specific circumstances in the case; the following are general guidelines:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
New Jersey Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws: Related Resources
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