Forgery Criminal DefenseBoth forgery and fraud are illegal acts punishable by the laws of Texas. Punishment can include a monetary fine along with prison time for felony offenses.

Believe it or not,  forgery is actually a specific type of fraud.

There are several types of  forgery:

  • Signing and using a check that belongs to another party.
  • Using a false name to sign a document.
  • Preparing and distributing a false document.
  • Making alterations to amounts, times or even dates on an official document.

Forgery is a serious crime in Texas and the punishment can include both monetary fines and time in prison.

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The Texas Penal Code defines forgery as:

  • a person forges a writing with intent to defraud or harm another person.

Writing is defined as:

  1. Printing or any other method of recording information
  2. Money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, and trademarks; and
  3. Symbols of value, right, privilege, or identification.

The penalties for forgery here in Texas do vary:

A specific act of forgery can be classified as a Class A misdemeanor, which can result in 1 year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

However, if the writing is or purports to be a will, codicil, deed, deed of trust, mortgage, security instrument, security agreement, credit card, check, authorization to debit an account at a financial institution, or similar sight order for payment of money, contract, release, or other commercial instrument, it is classified as a state jail felony, which can result in 180 days – 2 years in jail, and a $10,000 fine.

If the writing is or purports to be:

  • Part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps;
  • A government record listed in Section 37.01(2)(C); or
  • Other instruments issued by a state or national government or by a subdivision of either, or part of an issue of stock, bonds, or other instruments representing interests in or claims against another person.

It is classified as a third-degree felony, which can result in 2-10 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.

If it is shown on the trial that the actor engaged in the conduct to obtain or attempt to obtain a property or service, the charge is:

  • A Class C misdemeanor ($500 fine) if the value of the property or service is less than $100;
  • A Class B misdemeanor (180 days in jail, and a $2,000 fine) if the value of the property or service is $100 or more but less than $750;
  • A Class A misdemeanor (1 year in jail, and a $4,000 fine) if the value of the property or service is $750 or more but less than $2,500;
  • A state jail felony (180 days – 2 years in jail, and a $10,000 fine) if the value of the property or service is $2,500 or more but less than $30,000;
  • A felony of the third degree (2-10 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine) if the value of the property or service is $30,000 or more but less than $150,000;
  • A felony of the second degree (2-20 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine) if the value of the property or service is $150,000 or more but less than $300,000; and
  • A felony of the first degree (5-99 years/life in prison, and a $10,000 fine) if the value of the property or service is $300,000 or more.

The classification of the charge will raise one level if the fraud was committed against an elderly individual.

To discuss a state or federal felony criminal forgery investigation, arrest, charge, or conviction with a criminal defense attorney that serves Midland, TX; Abilene, TX; Odessa, TX; Lubbock, TX; San Angelo, TX and nearby areas contact Blizzard & Zimmerman Attorneys.

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