Counterfeit moneyIf you have manufactured currency, or were in possession of counterfeit money with fraudulent intent in Florida, you’ve unfortunately committed a hefty federal crime.

Manufacturing or possessing counterfeit currency can lead to immense fines and long prison sentences. If you are under a federal investigation for counterfeiting, you’ll need to speak to a white collar defense lawyer as soon as possible.

Don’t wait to see if you get arrested – the moment you learn you’re under investigation for federal counterfeit currency charges in South Florida, you want to hire a criminal defense attorney to fight for your rights. 

What is a Federal Counterfeit Currency Crime? 

When a person commits a Federal Counterfeit Currency crime in South Florida, that means they’ve falsely made, manufactured, or altered currency. 

The legal definition of Counterfeit Currency includes the intent to defraud, falsely make, forge, or alter any obligation of the United States regarding currency and coins. 

Federal statute 18 U.S.C 470 prohibits tools used for counterfeiting, making it illegal to buy, sell, exchange, and receive.


If you’re charged with counterfeiting currency, you will face penalties that include fines and federal prison sentences.

This federal crime can put your life in jeopardy and ruin your reputation.  It is not a minor offense and is considered a federal felony, which is handled by the U.S. Secret Service. 

Consequences of this federal counterfeit currency crimes include

  • A lower-level penalty that someone can be found guilty of for manufacturing a counterfeit U.S. coin above five cents: Fines of up to $2,000 and/or up to  5 years in prison. In theory, 5 cents could cost you $2,000 and up to 5 years in prison. 
  • Penalties for manufacturing counterfeit U.S. currency or altering currency to increase its value: Fines up to $5,000, up to 15 years in prison, or both.
  • The higher-end consequence for possession of counterfeit U.S. obligations with fraudulent intent: Fines of up to $15,000 or up to 15 years in prison, or both.


In order to handle these serious federal counterfeit currency crimes, skilled federal criminal defense attorneys will employ strategies and approaches to ensure your rights are protected.

Rossen Law firm has experienced federal defense lawyers that will fight for you and your future. 

Give us a call; we are here to listen to you and assist you with the best course of action.

Federal Counterfeit Currency Defense Strategies 

  • No intent to defraud: One common defense to a Counterfeit Currency charge is to prove that the person charged with the federal crime had 1) no intent to defraud someone and 2) had no intent to pass off the counterfeit money as real money.This defense can show that the defendant was not involved in the transactions of this crime. 
  • Legal definition of counterfeit currency not met: Another common defense to fight a Federal Counterfeit Currency case is to argue that the money does not meet the quality and product of the fraudulent bill/ coins presented to federal court need to meet in order to actually be considered counterfeit currency.

Free Federal Counterfeit Currency Defense Strategy Session in South Florida  

We handle all types of Federal Counterfeit Currency charges in Fort Lauderdale. Consulting with a lawyer early is in your best interest – the sooner a defense attorney is involved, the sooner they can get to work making sure your rights are being protected every step of the way.

Rossen Law Firm offers great defense representation if you were arrested or charged with a federal counterfeiting currency crime. 

We offer FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you.


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