Uttering and Publishing Defense

If you have been charged with Uttering and Publishing, the prosecutor must prove that you knowingly presented a false, altered, forged, counterfeited or fictitious instrument (e.g., check, money order, credit sales slip) with an intent to defraud or cheat.

The instrument need not have been accepted as good, or an actual loss did not have to have occurred. The crime focuses on the instrument being offered as valid, directly or indirectly, by words or actions. The penalty for this offense is a Felony conviction up to 14 years in prison.

The Michigan statute on Uttering and Publishing is as follows:

MCL 750.249 Forgery of records and other instruments; uttering and publishing.

Uttering and publishing forged instruments—Any person who shall utter and publish as true, any false, forged, altered or counterfeit record, deed, instrument or other writing mentioned in the preceding section, knowing the same to be false, altered, forged or counterfeit, with intent to injure or defraud as aforesaid, shall be guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in the state prison not more than 14 years.

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