Charged with Forgery?
Have you, a friend or a loved one been arrested and charged with forgery? Under Texas law, a person commits the crime of forgery if he passes a writing that is purported to be the act of another person, that person did not authorize the act, and the act was done with the intent to defraud or harm another. The types of “writing” that are included with the crime of forgery involve the following: checks, money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, trademarks and any other symbols of value.
Depending upon the circumstances of your case, the crime of Forgery may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Texas law provides that the crime of Forgery will be classified as a State Jail Felony, punishable by up to 2 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, if the writing that was forged purported to be any of the following: a will, codicil, deed, deed of trust, mortgage, security instrument, security agreement, credit card, check, authorization to debit an account at a financial institution. Additionally, Texas law provides that the crime of Forgery will be classified as a third degree felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, if the writing that was forged purported to be any of the following: part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, a government record or other instruments issued by a state or national government. As you can see, most instances of Forgery are classified as Felony crimes that carry with them serious long-term consequences.
If you have been arrested and charged with the crime of Forgery in Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Arlington, Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Mansfield or surrounding areas, you need an aggressive and experienced criminal lawyer on your side. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony Forgery, a conviction for the crime of Forgery could carry with it the prospect of jail time, hefty fines and other serious long-term consequences.