As Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers, we represent many people on a variety of theft crimes, including uttering a forged instrument. Uttering is a third degree felony in Florida and is punishable for up to 5 years in prison.
In order to prove the crime of uttering, the prosecutor has to prove:
1. That you passed or attempted to pass a forged instrument, such as a check.
2. That you knew the instrument was false, altered, forged, or counterfeited.
3. That you had the intent to injure or defraud.
It is not enough for the prosecutor to show that you should have known it was forged. They have to prove you had actual knowledge. If you have been arrested on an uttering charge, you should consult with a Jacksonville Uttering Attorney as soon as possible to discuss your rights and your case.