It's not just about money anymore
You've seen them if you've walked through any urban "flea market:" "knock-off" Gucci purses, shiny men's wrist watches that sure look like Rolexes, and Nike "Air Jordans" for a fraction of the cost of the real thing.
Although Counterfeiting refers to the act of illegally printing money or currency, and we have handled our share of counterfeit money cases, counterfeiting may also refer to producing fake documents (those under Government Seal for example), clothing and other goods.
The Governmental entity that is charged with investigating this crime is the Secret Service, although the FBI and other Federal agencies routinely assist in these cases. These charges are very serious and carry severe penalties. For example, the Government will almost always seek to hold the accused accountable for the actual, retail costs of the counterfeit goods, not the "knock-off" price.
There are, however, some effective defenses to counterfeiting, including, but not limited to, lack of knowledge. Remember, the Government has to prove that the accused knew, or should have known, that the goods were indeed counterfeit.
Which is why it's critically important to hire an experienced Federal criminal defense attorney to develop an effective defense strategy and to fight the Government on key issues such as intended loss (versus actual loss) and valuation.
There is hope
If you or a loved one is arrested and charged with a Federal counterfeiting crime, please call our 24-hour telephone number 305-461-1066 to set up an appointment and free consultation so we can assess your particular case and provide you with the best legal advice on how to proceed.
We are solely a Criminal Defense Law Firm. That's all we do and all we have done since 1987.