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About Forgery Charges in Texas

Sometimes, signing someone else’s name on a document seems innocent enough, especially when it’s a husband or wife signing their spouse’s name on a check for deposit, or on an application of sorts.

As innocent as this practice may seem, it’s highly frowned upon and anyone who signs someone else’s name can find themselves in serious legal trouble; they can be charged with “forgery” under Section 32.31 of the Texas Penal Code.

Under Sec. 32.31, “forge” means:

  • To make, alter, or authenticate any writing and contend it’s the signature of another who did not authorize the signing of the document.
  • To contend that a document was executed at a time and date that was not factual, or to say it is a copy of an original document when an original never existed.

A person commits the offense of forgery if he or she forges a written document with the intention of defrauding or harming another party.

Is Forgery a Misdemeanor?

The offense of forgery is prosecuted as a Class A misdemeanor, a state jail felony, or a third-degree felony depending on the facts of the case. Let’s take a closer look:

  • Class A misdemeanor: Forgery is a Class A misdemeanor if it does not involve any of the below forgery offenses.
  • State jail felony: Forgery is a state jail felony when the offense involved a will, codicil, deed or deed of trust, mortgage, check, credit card, security instrument or agreement, contract, or commercial instrument.
  • Third-degree felony: Forgery is a third-degree felony when it involves stocks, bonds, instruments issued by a state or national government, or instruments having to do with claims against another individual.

Are you being accused of committing forgery in the Plano or Dallas areas? If so, you could be facing felony charges, which could have long-lasting consequences if you are found guilty. Protect your rights – contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!

Categories: Forgery, Fraud