Fraud and Forgery cases have become widespread with the advent of scanners and high quality low cost printers. Decades ago most forgers had to work with rubber stamps and paint; today, most teenagers can use photo altering software and a color printer to make realistic copies of sensitive materials.
One of the more common areas of forgery include create fake or fraudulent identification cards, social security cards, and drivers licenses. Often, charges such as providing false names to an officer, or identity theft, can be charged in conjunction with a forged document like a drivers license, even if the fake id is only used to procure a job. These charges can also carry hefty fines and some, as with federal social security card forgery, can lead to federal prosecution as well as local or state crimes and forgery charges.
Because fraud and forgery charges often are paired with several other types of crimes in the same case, it is important to speak with an attorney familiar with forgery cases as soon as possible to begin investigation and looking into possible defenses for trial -- or, if sought, a plea bargain.