Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree

If charged with New York Penal Law 175.35, you should first take a look at the lesser offense of New York Penal Law 175.30. Once you do that, you should notice a significant difference. While the lesser offense does not require it, Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree necessitates that you have an "intent to defraud." This "intent to defraud" is something that you should address with a New York criminal lawyer. "Intent to defraud" need not be for property or money and at a minimum can mean the difference between a misdemeanor or felony charge.

You are guilty of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree when, knowing that a written instrument contains a false statement or false information, and with intent to defraud the state or any political subdivision, public authority or public benefit corporation of the state, you offer or presents it to a public office, public servant, public authority or public benefit corporation with the knowledge or belief that it will be filed with, registered or recorded in or otherwise become part of the records of such public office, public servant, public authority or public benefit corporation.

Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree is a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

As noted in the Offering a False Instrument for Filing information page, this crime is often associated with other offenses including Grand Larceny, Enterprise Corruption and Forgery.

Regardless of whether or not you are charged with First Degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing as a sole count in an indictment or the main focus of an investigation, the ramification to your liberty as well as your future and career are enormous.

Call our New York City criminal defense attorneys and former Manhattan prosecutors at (212) 312-7129 or contact us online today to discuss your case and possible defenses.

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