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18 U.S.C. § 472 defines the federal crime of counterfeiting as any person, intending to defraud, who attempts to or actually passes, utters, publishes, sells, keeps, conceals, or brings into the United States any falsely made, forged, counterfeited, or altered obligation or other security of the United States must be fined or imprisoned not more than 20 years or both.

“You’re not a terrorist just because you’ve been charged with counterfeiting.”

  Lisa Witt


A charge of federal counterfeiting may involve a long prison sentence.  Lisa is an intelligent, detail-oriented defense attorney who will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine if one or more of the following potential defense strategies apply:


  • Act described is not counterfeiting:  The act described in the indictment may not fit the statutory definition of federal counterfeiting.


  • No intent to defraud:  The government may not be able to prove intent to defraud beyond a reasonable doubt to prove federal counterfeiting.


  • Government witnesses are not credible:  The federal government’s witnesses may be wrong or lying about what happened.


  • Entrapment:  The government may have entrapped you into committing counterfeiting.


  • Missing or tainted evidence:  Sometimes the government’s evidence cannot be found or is tainted.

“The government must prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt—I hold them to that.”

  Lisa Witt

  • Federal law enforcement misconduct:  There may be federal law enforcement misconduct in investigating the charge, collecting the evidence, interviewing the victim and witnesses, or obtaining your confession.


  • Exclusion of government’s evidence:  The government may have violated your constitutional rights or otherwise misstepped in getting evidence or your confession, so the evidence must be excluded.


  • Impossibility of government’s story:  The government’s story may be impossible based on the evidence or timeline.


  • Insufficiency of government’s evidence:  The government may have insufficient evidence to prove federal counterfeiting beyond a reasonable doubt.


  • Reduction in number of counts: Each count of your indictment should concern a separate criminal act or victim and not be parts of the same federal counterfeiting charge.


  • Prosecutorial misconduct:  There may be prosecutorial misconduct in making the evidence known, interviewing victims and witnesses, and in the general course of your case.


  • Possible other defenses to federal counterfeiting:  Depending on the unique facts of your case, there may be other possible defenses.  Lisa employs logical, bottom line analysis while thinking outside the box so she may come up with a novel defense that no other attorney has thought of before.


If you or a loved one is facing a charge of federal counterfeiting, it’s very important to hire a thorough, intelligent and passionate defense attorney who will fight for you as soon as possible.  Call LisaLaw, LLC or fill out the on-line form for a free case review.

Lisa Witt is a Mesa/Phoenix, Arizona counterfeiting defense attorney serving clients facing charges in the East Valley, West Valley, Maricopa County, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Fountain Hills, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon, Queen Creek, Gilbert, Casa Grande, Surprise, Goodyear, Buckeye, Youngtown, Ahwatukee, Avondale, Tolleson.

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