If you have been charged with uttering in Florida, then you may have a defense. Lack of intent to defraud is a defense that is oftentimes successful when fighting uttering cases. Even if you don’t think you have a defense, you should always speak to an attorney to make sure you have a full understanding of how the law applies specifically to your case. If you want to know more about the lack of intent defense, or if you want to talk about how to beat your uttering case in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.
In Florida, uttering is defined under Florida Statute 831.02. A person commits the crime of uttering a forged instrument when they knowingly pass, offer, or make use of a forged document with the intent to injure or defraud another person or entity.
Uttering a forged instrument is a third-degree felony, meaning it is punishable by up to five years in prison, or up five years of probation and up to $5,000 in fines (you can also get a jail or prison sentence followed by probation, but the total length of the punishment cannot exceed five years). In addition to facing prison time, if you are adjudicated guilty of uttering then you will lose constitutional rights and you’ll have to deal with many other collateral consequences.
Criminal convictions, especially convictions for theft and fraud-related charges, carry severe consequences and can never be removed from your criminal record. If you need an attorney who will advise you, fight for your rights, and do everything possible to protect your future, or if someone you know has been charged with uttering in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.