In NSW, to be found guilty of a forgery offence, the Prosecution must show that as a result of your actions you either: obtained property or a financial advantage; caused a financial disadvantage to another or influenced the exercise of a public duty. These offences are often difficult to detect. for these reasons, these offences are treated seriously by the Courts and carry maximum penalties up to ten years imprisonment.

This area is heavily regulated. You will see in the following pages that the legislation make it offence to use, make or possess a false document, but also to possess or make equipment that could produce false documents.

The following pages outline the forgery offences contained in the Crimes Act 1900 and set out what the Police must prove to successfully prosecute you, as well as 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 as to your options in the criminal proceedings.


If you suspect that you may be under investigation, or if you have been charged with an offence, it is vital to get competent legal advice as early as possible. Our lawyers are highly specialised in criminal law and will be able to guide you through the process while dealing with the various authorities related to your matter.


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