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MICHIGAN UTTERING & PUBLISHING ATTORNEYS

Uttering and Publishing is a felony punishable by up to 14 years in prison. An uttering & publishing charge relates to a false/forged or counterfeited instrument. There are numerous instruments that an uttering & publishing charge can relate to (see below), but most frequently the instrument involved is a financial transaction device, namely, a check.

In order to convict a defendant of uttering & publishing the prosecutor must prove the following:

  • An act that results in the false making or alteration of an instrument;
  • An act that makes an instrument appear to be what it is not;
  • And a concurrent intent to defraud or injure.

Michigan Uttering & Publishing Laws

Making, altering, forging, or counterfeiting public record

A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a public record, or a certificate, return, or attestation of a clerk of a court, register of deeds, notary public, township clerk, or any other public officer, in relation to a matter in which the certificate, return, or attestation may be received as legal proof, or a charter, will, testament, bond, writing obligatory, letter of attorney, policy of insurance, bill of lading, bill of exchange, promissory note, or an order, acquaintance of discharge for money or other property, or a waiver, release, claim or demand, or an acceptance of a bill of exchange, or endorsement, or assignment of a bill of exchange or promissory note for the payment of money, or an accountable receipt for money, goods, or other property with intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.

Uttering and publishing false, forged, altered, or counterfeit financial transaction device

A person who utters and publishes as true any false, forged, altered, or counterfeit financial transaction device, as defined in section 157m, with the intent to injure or defraud any person is guilty of a felony.

Making, altering, forging, or counterfeiting document affecting interest in real property

A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a deed, a discharge of mortgage, or a power or letter of attorney or other document that affects an interest in real property with intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.

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