Anyone who is dealing in counterfeit merchandise can get into big trouble in the state of New Hampshire.
If you’ve been arrested for dealing in counterfeit items, you’ll want to make sure criminal defense attorney Michael Anzalone is on your team. He can help you wade through the legal troubles and get back on your feet again.What are Counterfeit Goods?
Counterfeiting goods is a cottage industry that plagues much of the United States. New Hampshire takes a hard line on people who design, manufacture or sell counterfeit goods.
These items are fake or knock-offs of brand name products. They range from handbags and jewelry to shoes and almost any other product under the sun. We’ve all seen the fake designer handbags being sold on street corners or at flea markets. These are the kinds of counterfeiters that officials in New Hampshire are looking to shut down.
One call to defense lawyer Michael Anzalone can help you get back on the right path after an arrest on counterfeiting charges.What are the Penalties:
New Hampshire statute RSA 638:6-b lays out the penalties that someone arrested on counterfeiting charges faces. Anyone who knowingly manufactures, displays, advertises distributes, offers for sale, sells or possesses with the intent to sell any product that is clearly counterfeit can be convicted of a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense and a Class B felony on subsequent offenses.
The law states that for each items containing a counterfeit or suspicious “mark” will constitute a separate offense. So, someone selling a bunch of fake purses could be charged with multiple counts of counterfeiting.
Not only will the convicted person be sentenced to possible jail time, they may be ordered to pay restitution to the trademark owner and to any other person the judge may determine should receive restitution. This restitution, according to state law, should include but isn’t limited to attorney’s fees, court costs, and any other expense that was incurred by the trademark owner during the investigation and prosecution of the case.
If you are facing charges for counterfeiting you’ll need to understand that you may be staring down some serious charges in New Hampshire. That’s why you’ll want lawyer Michael Anzalone on your side.
Once you’ve been arrested, you should never talk to police or investigators before you speak to your attorney. Your attorney will advise you on the charges, explaining what they mean and what penalties you are facing.
If this is your first offense in counterfeiting, then you’ll probably only be facing less serious misdemeanor charges. But if you’ve been booked before, the charges could be more serious.
Besides any jail time, you may also have to pay a tremendous amount in restitution. You’ll want your lawyer’s advice on how to deal with this issue. At The Anzalone Law Firm in Nashua, New Hampshire, our clients are our top priority and we’ll walk you step-by-step through the legal process, deciding whether you should make a plea deal or take your case to court.
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