Accused of Forgery?

Legal counsel from a criminal defense attorney, in Denton, TX

In Texas, forgery is defined as an illegal action that involves using false information to alter, create, or sign a document with the intent of fraud or harming a person, organization, or business.

Types of Forgery

There are many different types of forgery. Some of them can include:

  • Signing a document with a false name
  • Using checks belonging to another person
  • Constructing a false document
  • Altering dates, times, or amounts on an official document
  • Using forged checks or other documents

In order for forgery charges to be filed, a person must create, alter or disguise a document or item in an attempt to commit fraud. “Fraud” is legally defined as an action intended to deprive another person or institution of money, goods, services or property.

If you have been accused of forgery of any kind, please contact our law office as soon as possible.  A forgery charge on your record will make it difficult for people to trust your word.

Legal Penalties

There are very severe penalties for a forgery conviction in Denton, TX.  The severity of the penalties is based wholly on the nature of the incident.

For example, a person who forges a check, credit card, will, or mortgage may be convicted of a felony. This can lead to:

  • Incarceration in state jail for 180 days – 2 years
  • A fine of up to $10,000

A person who forges money, stamps, stocks, or government documents may be convicted of a third degree felony. This can result in:

  • 2 – 10 years in state prison
  • A fine of up to $10,000

Most other minor forged documents or items are treated as a class A misdemeanor. This can lead to:

  • Incarceration in county jail for up to one year
  • A fine of up to $4000

Any of these penalty categories can be enhanced to the next highest penalty category if the victim of the forgery was an elderly person aged 65 or older.

Forgery Defense

Hiring an attorney is the best way to attempt to create a strong legal defense against forgery charges. An attorney may be able to use evidence from the case to show:

  • That the defendant did not engage in the alleged forgery activities
  • The prosecution does not have enough evidence for a conviction

If these strategies are successful, the court could decide to offer a plea bargain to a lesser charge or drop the charges completely.

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