Chicago Counterfeiting Defense Lawyer

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Counterfeiting is the unlawful reproduction of currency, documents, goods, or property. Counterfeiting may result in state charges under 720 ILCS 5/17-0.5 or federal charges under 18 U.S.C. § 471.

Under federal law, a person found guilty of counterfeiting faces significant fines and a sentence of up to twenty years in prison. In 2011, the United States signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA is a treaty that set international standards for prosecuting counterfeiters and was ostensibly intended to protect intellectual property rights. This claim appears dubious, however, because the treaty was developed in secret without public knowledge, input, or debate, and it punishes arguably innocent conduct.

If you are charged with counterfeiting, speak with a criminal defense attorney who is familiar with federal investigations, federal charges, and federal procedure.

Contact Thomas C. Hallock if you need a skilled and committed counterfeiting defense attorney in Chicago.



What You Should Do

  • Be respectful.
  • Calmly record the interaction.
  • Ask if you are free to leave. If you do not ask, the officer may think—and the judge may agree—that the interaction was consensual.
  • If you are free to leave, go! If you are not free to leave, do not answer any questions before speaking with your attorney.

What You Should Not Do

  • Do not physically resist arrest.
  • Do not become aggressive or confrontational.
  • Do not consent to a search. The Constitution does not apply if you consent.
  • Do not answer questions without first speaking with your attorney. Police are allowed to hold you for 48 hours and they may lie to you the entire time.

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