Most people, at one time or another, have forged someone’s signature, most likely their mom or dad’s signature in high school when they needed a parental signature on a permission slip or test. However, forgery is a serious crime and is punishable in a number of ways, many of which you should be aware of. Continue reading to learn more about forgery and what to do if you are facing forgery charges.
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- Forgery is considered fraud and is sometimes referred to as a “white collar crime.” It is defined as “the creation of a false written document or alteration of a genuine one, with the intent to defraud.”
- In addition to Florida state law, the United States Criminal Code has 45 statutes that deal with fraud and forgery.
- The most common form of forgery is related to writing or cashing checks with a false signature. However, forgery can range from falsifying legal documents to printing counterfeit money, among many other things.
- Forgery can fall under the penalties of state and/or federal law, and penalties can be very stiff and unrelenting. Most penalties issued for forgery include a combination of restitution and prison time. Also, those convicted of forgery often have their possessions and property sized and used as restitution.
- A charge of forgery is considered a third degree felony, and those convicted of this charge will have a permanent record as a felon. Multiple charges can be filed, and each charge can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison, so a conviction for multiple forgery charges can result in decades in prison.
If you are charged with forgery, you may find yourself in a desperate and frightening situation. If you are facing these serious charges, immediately seek the services of an experienced, trustworthy lawyer who will defend your rights and help you form a plan of action.
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Did you know?
According to caslon.com.au, in 2001 there were 113,741 arrests for forgery and counterfeiting.