What is Forgery in Texas?
Forgery is the act of altering information with the intent of defrauding or harming another. This can be by making, completing, altering or authenticating a document falsely. Forgery is codified under Penal Code 32.21.
What is the punishment for forgery in Texas?
Forgery as a State Jail Felony
Forgery is a State Jail Felony if the document is a:
- will or codicil
- deed or deed of trust
- security instrument
- security agreement
- credit card
- debit form
- money order, contract or release of commercial instrument.
A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility.
Forgery as a Third Degree Felony
Forgery is a third degree felony, punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility, if it is:
- a government record
- issues of securities
- postage or revenue stamp
- a government stock or bond
Forgery Based on Value
Forgeries can also be charged based on the value of the property using the standard theft value ladder found in the Texas Penal Code.
Forgery with an Elderly Victim
Forgery can also be enhanced one level of the victim is elderly. An elderly individual is one who is 65 years of age or older.
Forgery as a Class A Misdemeanor
If it doesn’t fall under one of the categories above, forgery is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas.
Statute of Limitations for Forgery in Texas
There is a 10-year statute of limitations for forgery cases in Texas.
Contact a skilled Fort Worth criminal defense attorney
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