Criminal Defense Attorneys encounter a fair share of counterfeiting in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Dade County, and Broward County. Although money becomes more difficult to counterfeit each time the U.S. mint issues new dollars and coin, counterfeiting is expanding into other modern forms, such as electronic counterfeiting and identity theft. To prove the criminal offense of Counterfeiting, whether for Personal Identification, or money, the State Attorney must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Criminal Suspect willfully and fraudulently created, used, or possessed with intent to use counterfeit or fictitious personal identification or money. If the Counterfeiting is of personal identification, it must have contained the name of a fictitious individual, or else contained the name of a real individual whose consent had not first been obtained. Whether the Counterfeiting was of personal identification or of money, the criminal suspect must have done so with intent to commit or facilitate the commission of a fraud on another person. “Willfully” means intentionally and purposely. “Fraudulently” means purposely or intentionally suppressing the truth or perpetrating a deception. “Authorization” means empowerment, permission, or competence to act. “Personal identification information” means any name or number that may be used, alone or in conjunction with any other information, to identify a specific individual, including any name, postal or electronic mail address, telephone number, social security number, date of birth, mother’s maiden name, official state or United States issued driver’s license or identification number, alien registration number, government passport number, employer or taxpayer’s identification number, Medicaid or food stamp account number, bank account number, credit or debit card number or personal identification number or code assigned to the holder of a debit card by the issuer to permit authorized use of such card, unique biometric data such as fingerprint, voice print, retina or iris image, or other unique physical representation, unique electronic identification number, address, or routing code, medical record, telecommunication identifying information or access device, or other number or information that can be used to access a person’s financial resources. “Counterfeit or fictitious personal identification information” means any counterfeit, fictitious or fabricated information in the similitude of the data just defined to you that, although not truthful or accurate, would in context lead a reasonably prudent person to credit its truthfulness and accuracy.
If you have been charged with Counterfeiting in Miami Dade County, Fort Lauderdale, or Broward County, seek legal help from an experienced competent criminal defense lawyer who will give you the proper advice and representation that you deserve. Kenneth P. Hassett of Hassett and Associates, P.A. has been in criminal law practice since 1991 and is familiar with the court systems in South Florida, including Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, and Miami Dade County. He can defend you in criminal court against criminal charges of counterfeiting, identity theft, and other fraud-related criminal charges. Contact Hassett and Associates, P.A. 24 hours per day seven days per week for a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer regarding your case.
The information on this page does not represent legal advice. Florida Statues obtained from Online Sunshine, www.leg.state.fl.us, the official site of the Florida Legislature. Because the law is continually changing, some of the provisions contained herein may be out of date. It is always wise to seek counsel from an experienced criminal attorney like Kenneth Hassett.
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