In New South Wales, forgery offences are treated seriously by the courts and carry maximum penalties of up to ten years imprisonment. To find a person guilty of a forgery offence, the prosecution must show that as a result of their deception, they obtained property or a financial advantage, caused a financial disadvantage to another or influenced the exercise of a public duty.
Forgery offences are often difficult to detect.
The pages below outline the forgery offences contained in the Crimes Act 1900 and the maximum penalties for each offence. If you have been charged with a forgery offence, it is critical that you seek expert legal advice promptly.