Section 253 Crimes Act | Forgery


Section 253 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of “forgery.”

It says that if you are found guilty of making a fake document, such as a passport, drivers’ licence or other forms of identification, you could face harsh penalties under the law.

Before you can be found guilty of this offence, the prosecution must also prove that you made the false document with the intention of inducing another person to believe that it was a real document.

They must also prove that you or another person intended to use the document to obtain property or a financial advantage or cause a financial disadvantage, or influence the exercise of a public duty.

If you are found guilty of making a fake document, you could face a maximum penalty of 10 years’ imprisonment.

However, this is the maximum penalty and will only apply in the most serious cases.

Our lawyers can work with you to fight the charges and present your case in the most positive light so that you receive a favourable outcome in your matter.

The Legislation

253 Forgery – making false document

A person who makes a false document with the intention that the person or another will use it:

(a) to induce some person to accept it as genuine, and

(b) because of its being accepted as genuine:

(i) to obtain any property belonging to another, or

(ii) to obtain any financial advantage or cause any financial disadvantage, or

(iii) to influence the exercise of a public duty,

is guilty of the offence of forgery.

Maximum penalty: Imprisonment for 10 years.

Why Sydney Criminal Lawyers?

Being accused of forgery can have a damaging impact on your reputation and plans for the future, however with the right legal team on your side you can fight the charges to avoid a conviction.

At Sydney Criminal Lawyers, we specialise in criminal law and have a wealth of experience fighting and winning cases relating to fraud and the creating of false documents.

In many cases, the hard work of our lawyers in carefully examining all the evidence to identify problems with the prosecution case leads to charges being dropped at an early stage.

However, should your matter proceed to a defended hearing or criminal trial, you can rest assured that your matter is in safe hands.

We guarantee that you will be represented at all major court dates by one of our esteemed senior lawyers, who have a proven track record of fighting and winning complex criminal cases.

Our senior lawyers have years of courtroom experience and have developed tried and tested methods of examining witnesses, raising evidence and dismantling the prosecution case.

Should you simply wish to plead guilty, our lawyers can persuade the magistrate or judge to deal with the matter leniently by imposing a less onerous penalty.

Our lawyers have extensive experience preparing and presenting compelling sentencing submissions and frequently obtain exceptional results in serious criminal matters.

Call us today on (02) 9261 8881 to arrange a FREE first conference with one of our expert lawyers to discuss your forgery case.