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Penalties for Forgery in Plano, Texas

In life, it’s not uncommon for a husband or wife to sign their spouse’s name on a check for deposit, or on other important documents.

A parent may do this for their child’s school papers, or an adult son or daughter may sign their disabled parent’s name on an important document. People often do this because it’s just easier, but the problem is what they are doing is illegal, especially when it’s meant to defraud.

When someone forges a signature or completes a document with the intent to defraud someone, they are committing the crime of forgery.

Under Sec. 32.21 of the Texas Penal Code, a person commits the offense of forgery whenever they alter, execute, complete, or create a document that purports to be the act of another person (the person with legal authority), who did not authorize such act.

Other forms of forgery, include:

  • To execute a document that says it was done at a time or place that did not actually occur,
  • To create a document that suggests it’s an original document when it is not,
  • To issue, or publish a writing that is forged as if it was one’s own, or
  • To possess someone else’s writing with the intention of publishing or issuing it as one’s own.

In most cases, the crime of forgery is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $4,000, or by up to one year in jail, or both a fine and imprisonment under Sec. 12.21 of the Texas Penal Code. Forgery is a state jail felony if the forgery involved any of the following documents:

  • Will
  • Deed
  • Deed of trust
  • Mortgage
  • Security instrument or agreement
  • Credit card
  • Check
  • Authorization to debit an account

When the offense involved postage, revenue stamps, part of an issue of money, a stock or bond, then it will be prosecuted as a third degree felony.

Under Sec. 12.35 of the Texas Penal Code, a state jail felony is punishable by 6 months to 2 years behind bars, and a fine not to exceed $10,000. A third degree felony is punishable by 2 to 10 years in prison, and by a fine not to exceed $10,000.

Accused of forgery in Plano or Dallas?

If you’re being accused of forgery, you could be facing Class A misdemeanor, state jail felony, or third degree felony charges, all of which involve thousands in fines and imprisonment.

To protect your rights and fight your charges, we urge you to contact our Plano criminal defense firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced member of our legal team!

Categories: Forgery, Fraud