Forgery in Texas

Forgery in Texas

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
  • mortgage
  • security instrument
  • security agreement
  • credit card
  • check
  • 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:

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  • a government record
  • currency
  • ​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

If you or a loved one is facing a forgery charge, it’s important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side. We can help. Contact us today for a complimentary strategy session at 817-203-2220. You can also contact us online.

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Benson Varghese is the founder and Managing Partner of Varghese Summersett PLLC. He is a prolific writer and has authored hundreds of articles about criminal law in Texas and at the Federal level. His articles have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Above the Law, and have been selected as Top Blogs by the State Bar of Texas. He was named the Young Lawyer of the Year in 2019 by the Tarrant County Bar Association. Benson led the firm to become one of the 500 fastest growing businesses in the United States by Inc 500 Magazine in 2018. In the same year, the firm was named the Best Law Firm in Fort Worth by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The lawyers at Varghese Summersett PLLC exclusively handle criminal defense matters.
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