It’s not a crime to show up late to work. But some people are willing to commit a crime just to stay out of trouble at work. In one recent case, a man is now facing felony charges for doing exactly that. Here’s what an Oceanside forgery defense attorney has to say about the case.
The Facts of the Case
51-year-old Paul Neilson was late to work at his New Hampshire construction job and he told his boss that it was because he was stopped by the police on account of his expired registration. He even provided a police report complete with the officer’s signature to prove it when his boss acted suspicious about the excuse. Unfortunately for Neilson, his boss still didn’t think the story sounded right and called the police to verify the report. That’s when he was told that police had not, in fact, had any contact with Neilson that day and they certainly didn’t write the report the boss was holding.
After police got wind of the faked report, they arrested Neilson and he is now being charged with forgery, which is punishable by up to seven years in prison in New Hampshire.
Forgery Charges in California
Neilson probably wishes he didn’t try to fool his boss at all, but if he was going to pull the same trick, Oceanside forgery lawyers sat he would have been a lot better off doing it in California. That’s because our forgery laws carry drastically shorter sentences than those of New Hampshire. In fact, because the forged document and signature Neilson has been accused of creating was valued at less than $950, he could only be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. The exception would be if he also forged the state seal on the traffic document, in which case he would face felony charges punishable by up to three years in prison. Even in the worst case scenario, he’d be facing half of the sentence he would in New Hampshire.
Of course, it’s possible that Neilson will face other charges as well. In fact, Oceanside white collar defense attorneys agree he would probably also be facing fraud charges as well, although they would probably be misdemeanor charges due to the low monetary value of the crime.
If you have been accused of any white collar crime, including forgery or fraud, it is critical you call (760) 643-4050 to schedule a free consultation with Peter M. Liss, a top white collar crime defense lawyer in Oceanside.
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