Missouri man admits to passing counterfeit money

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Federal Crimes on Thursday, October 25, 2012

When Missouri residents are asked to think about acts that are a violation of criminal law, it is likely that the first to come to mind would be violent, harmful acts such as murder, assault or aggravated robbery. However, there are numerous other crimes that are a violation of federal criminal law. Many of them do not even cause physical harm to another individual. Yet, a conviction can still mean serious penalties and a prison sentence. Counterfeiting is one of these crimes.

A Missouri man recently pled guilty to counterfeiting. The 36-year-old man pled guilty in U.S. District Court to charges of obstructing justice, resisting or impeding the U.S. Secret Service and possession of counterfeit money. According to prosecutors, the man passed the counterfeit funds as payment at a business.

The charges beyond counterfeiting came because the man allegedly tried to swallow the money after his arrest and resisted officers that were trying to retrieve it from his mouth. Although the man has pleaded guilty, his sentencing will not be determined until January.

A conviction for the violation of a federal criminal law can be accompanied by life-altering, serious penalties. Some of these penalties may include monetary fines and a prison sentence. In addition, depending upon the nature of the crime, it may mean having one’s behavior or usage of Internet and computers monitored by legal officials for an extended period of time.

No matter what the nature of the accusations being faced by the defendant, it is important for the accused to know that they have rights that must be upheld. If there is any violation of these rights, a strong defense will find them and point them out, which may result in less punitive consequences or dropped charges.

Source: Times Union, “Mo. man pleads guilty to counterfeiting charges,” Oct. 20, 2012