Forgery is a serious offence that can carry with it a prison sentence and large fines. Forgery offences are often dealt with using document specific legislation – for instance the Land Registration Act or the Criminal Justice Act.

If you’ve been accused of forging documents then it’s vital you seek specialist legal help and build a robust defence. At JMW Solicitors we have years of experience and have taken on forgery cases of all kinds. To find out more about our services and how we can defend you against serious charges of forging documents call us today on 0800 652 5559 for a confidential discussion. You can also fill in the enquiry form in the top right of this page, and we will contact you.

Forgery related legislation

Serious forgery in business most usually refers to the faking of specific documents, from passports and land registration documents to juridical documents.

The forgery of certain documents is often dealt with by specific pieces of legislation. For instance:

  • Forgery of birth, marriage and death documents – covered by section 7 of non-parochial Registers Act 1840 and sections 36 and 37 of Forgery Act 1861
  • Passport forgery – covered by section 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984
  • Forgery of judicial documents – covered by section 133 of the County Courts Act 1984
  • Forgery of statutes and executive documents – covered by a number of sections of the Evidence Act 1845 and the Documentary Evidence Act 1882
  • Forgery of road traffic documents/driving licences – covered by section 173 of the Road Traffic Act 1973 and section 44 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994

Other acts that deal with the forgery of official documents include the Identity Cards Act 2006, the Identity Documents Act 2010 and the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

We have defended those accused of forging documents as well as those inadvertently involved in comprehensive document fraud schemes and who have been charged with being in possession of faked documents – no matter what situation you are in, we can help.

Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Under section 31 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 there is protection for those travelling on false documents in order to seek asylum. The defence applies to offences committed under acts including the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 and the Identity Documents Act 2010.

If you own a business or employ staff and you are being investigated over their eligibility to reside in the UK, then we can help.

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To find out more about our services call us today on 0800 652 5559 and speak to our experienced and knowledgeable team about your situation. We are able to take on cases from anywhere across the UK.

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