Forgery Laws in Texas
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Forgery is generally categorized as a white collar crime in Texas. It is illegal to forge any type of writing while having the intent of defrauding another person. Generally if a person forges at least two writings, it can be presumed that their intention was defrauding someone. When it comes to forgery, all of the following are considered types of writing:
- Printed or recorded information
- Money, credit cards, badges, stamps, seals etc.
- Any symbol of value or privilege
An example of a forgery crime would be to create a fake replica of a rare coin and then selling it to a coin collector while making them believe it was the authentic rare coin. This type of crime can result in harsh penalties, contact The Law Office of Clovis Martin if you need qualified legal representation in your case.
What are the penalties for a forgery crime?
Forgery crimes are charged as Class A misdemeanors in Texas, which are punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. There are elements that can elevate this crime to be charged as a felony offense. For example, if the writing involved is a will, deed or credit card, a
state jail felony may follow. A
third degree felony may result in a forgery offense involving a government record or instruments issued by a state or national government. Feel free to look at
Texas Penal Code, Title 7, Chapter 32 if you want to learn more about forgery offenses in Texas.
Need a lawyer for a forgery case in Georgetown?
When facing charges for forgery, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Georgetown who can build a defense on your behalf. Some defenses to this crime include showing a lack of intent to defraud another person, writing not actually being forged or if you are a minor you may receive lighter punishments. Contact me at The Law Office of Clovis Martin for legal guidance through your forgery case.