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Michigan Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws

Forgery can occur when a person alters, makes, or signs a written document with intent to deceive. For example, signing another person's name to a will or check is forgery. Counterfeiting, on the other hand, usually refers to the act of making fake goods or money and presenting them as genuine. Forgery and counterfeiting are related crimes, but are usually addressed separately. In Michigan, forgery and counterfeiting are contained in the same chapter of the state's penal code.

In Michigan, forgery and counterfeiting can involve many different types of documents. For example, it's illegal to forge records, bank bills, or promissory notes. It's also illegal to forge or counterfeit public records or real property records. And, it's not only prohibited to actively forge or counterfeit something, it's also prohibited to use forged or counterfeiting documents or items like, for example, offering a financial transaction device - such as a debit or credit card - with the intent to defraud or injure another person. It's important to note that Michigan has separate laws that specifically address credit card fraud as well.

Michigan Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws Overview

Below you'll find key provisions of forgery and counterfeiting laws in Michigan.


Michigan Penal Code, Chapter XLI Forgery and Counterfeiting, Section 750.248, et seq.

What's Prohibited? Under Michigan's forgery and counterfeiting laws, it's prohibited to create, use, or possess any forged or counterfeit currency, financial devices/records, documents affecting interest in real property, identifying mark, or bank documents. It's also prohibited to possess any tools that can be used for counterfeiting.
Charges and Penalties The charges for forgery and counterfeiting range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on what is being forged or counterfeited. Similarly, the penalties also vary depending on the circumstances. For the charges and penalties for specific acts, see Chapter XLI of the Michigan Penal Code.

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Michigan Penal Code

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.

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Arrested for Forgery or Counterfeiting in Michigan? Talk to an Attorney

Depending on the circumstances, forgery or counterfeiting can result in misdemeanor or felony charges. However, regardless of how it's charged, a criminal conviction on your record can have negative consequences on your life. If you've been arrested or charged for forgery or counterfeiting under Michigan's laws, it's best to reach out to a local criminal defense attorney to discuss your situation and find out about your options moving forward.

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