Beverly Hills Counterfeiting And Forgery Defense Lawyers
The billions of dollars that are projected to be lost each year due to the presence of counterfeit goods and currency has led the government to greatly increase its efforts to detect, prosecute and curb counterfeiting. Nearly every week, there are breaking news stories about multimillion-dollar sting operations that are carried out across the country. These stings and similar investigations can ensnare individuals and businesses who find out — too late — that the goods they are selling or the currency they are using is not authentic and they are now facing serious criminal charges.
As an elite white collar criminal defense firm, Kaplan Marino is equipped to help clients fight allegations of counterfeiting and other related charges, and to minimize the collateral consequences that stem from being accused of such serious offenses. From large companies operating in L.A.'s garment district to small businesses to individuals, our clients receive the exceptional representation and aggressive defense strategies that are necessary to protect their freedom and their hard-earned reputations.
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, some of the most commonly counterfeited goods include:
- Handbags, purses and wallets
- Clothing and accessories, especially designer brands
- Athletic shoes
- Designer footwear
- Blu-ray discs, DVDs and other optical media
- Computers and other consumer electronics
With more than 45 combined years of experience, our lawyers are able to build sophisticated defenses in cases involving these and all other types of allegedly counterfeit goods.
Charges of counterfeiting currency are rarely standalone offenses. The government often attaches these charges to other charges related to supposed criminal conduct, increasing the potential prison time that an indictment carries. Counterfeiting charges are also increasingly tied to terrorism investigations because the currency at issue comes from overseas.
In today's digital age, forgery investigations look at more than just the traditional allegations of credit card fraud, identity theft, bank fraud and other forms of fraud that stem from forging signatures and other identifying information. They also examine potential forgery of e-signatures and other acts of e-forgery that can be committed over the Internet to improperly obtain money or goods. As a firm dedicated to remaining on the cutting edge of criminal defense law, we are well-versed in these cases and other emerging electronic crime topics.
Contact our Beverly Hills office to arrange a consultation. Our attorneys serve clients throughout California and across the entire nation.