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
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:
- Deed of trust
- Security instrument or agreement
- Credit card
- 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!