Third Degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument

Although the elements of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument vary with the degree of the crime, the foundation for every offense stems from New York Penal Law 170.20. Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree is an “A” misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. In the event you commit NY PL 170.20 in New York City – Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, etc. – your one year in jail will be served on Rikers Island. If the same is perpetrated in an outer county, such in White Plains, Yonkers, New Rochelle in Westchester, the time you serve will be in the Westchester County Jail. Irrespective of where you may be potentially incarcerated, the first line of defense that you and your New York criminal lawyer will confront is avoiding a conviction. To be clear, even without seeing a day in jail, a conviction for Third Degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument can, and likely will, devastate your career. This conviction will remain with you forever.

Defining New York Penal Law 170.20

You are guilty of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree if you have knowledge that the instrument in your possession is forged, you possess that instrument with the intent to defraud or deceive another person. Remember, the instrument need not be completely altered, but can be modified and changed through deletion, addition, or any other way in part or in its entirety. An "A" misdemeanor, New York Penal Law 170.20 is punishable by a year in jail.

Desk Appearance Tickets & New York Penal Law 170.20

In Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, the New York City Police Department often time will issue a Desk Appearance Ticket or DAT at the time of your arrest for violating NY PL 170.20, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Third Degree. It is critical to understand that a DAT is no different than a regular arrest where you have been processed and held in custody to see a judge. You will need a criminal lawyer in New York City to handle the case and represent you. Don't be naive or be so at your own risk. Remember, as serious as an appearance ticket for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument can be, failure to appear on the date specified will result not just in a bench warrant for your arrest, but will also potentially magnify the crime for which you were charged.

Don’t let an arrest or Desk Appearance Ticket for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument become a scarlet letter for future schools, employers and professional licenses. Retain an experienced criminal lawyer, such the criminal attorneys and former Manhattan prosecutors at Crotty Saland PC, to protect your rights today and your future and career well beyond tomorrow.

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