Forgery Crimes in Texas
Information from a Proven Houston Criminal Defense Attorney
When most people think of forgery, they think of faking someone else's
signature on a document like a check or a release. While this is one form
of forgery, Texas laws have much broader definitions for this crime. Depending
on the circumstances, those accused and convicted of this crime could
stand to face significant penalties, as well.
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Forgery Penalties in Texas
Texas forgery laws are described in Texas Penal Code § 32.21. Forgery
charges can stem from making, signing, or altering any document so that
it presents false information as true. This includes making false entries
in record books and using or owning forged items that you have not made
yourself, as well.
Forgery charges and penalties break down into three major categories:
Misdemeanor forgery occurs when one is caught using any forged document that is not meant
to look recognized by the government (money, stamps, etc.) or a financial
or lender institution (wills, deeds, checks, credit cards, etc.). It can
result in up to one year in jail and $4000 in fines.
Forgery is a
state jail felony when it involves those documents or items associated with financial or
lender institutions like wills, deeds, checks, credit cards, mortgages,
releases, or other business documents like contracts. This crime can result
in up to 2 years in jail and $10,000 in fines.
Third degree felony forgery is the most serious kind of forgery and involves forged items
meant to look like official government items. This includes money, stamps,
stocks, bonds, or other government records. This crime can result in a
maximum of 10 years in prison and $10,000.
When any of these crimes involve an elderly victim, the crime is "bumped
up" the next most serious offense. For more specific information
on what penalties your forgery charge may yield—or what kind of
forgery your charge may qualify as—contact Guerra & Farah, PLLC today.
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