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
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
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!