Dallas Forgery Attorney

In Texas, the crime of forgery contemplates a variety of actions. If you execute or alter a “writing” so that it purports to be the act of another, without that person’s authorization, you’re guilty of forgery. Similarly, if you issue or attempt to pass a forged document, or possess a forged document with the intent to do so, you are likewise guilty of forgery. A “writing” includes, among other things, printed materials (e.g., checks), money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, and trademarks. For a complete listing, please see the forgerystatute, referenced below.

Unless otherwise specified, forgery is considered a Class A misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail, and up to a $4000 fine. If the forgery is alleged to involve a will, codicil, deed, deed of trust, mortgage, security instrument, security agreement, credit card, check, or an authorization to debit an account at a financial institution, it’s considered a state jail felony, for which the penalty range is from 180 days to 2 years in the state jail, and up to a $10,000 fine. And if the alleged forgery involves money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or a governmental record, it’s punishable as a third-degree felony, for which you can receive 2 to 20 years in state prison, and a fine of up to $10,000. Also, if the alleged victim is an elderly person, the offense is enhanced to the next highest penalty range (e.g., a forgery that would otherwise be a third-degree felony is charged as a second-degree felony, if alleged to have been committed against an elderly person).

Have you been arrested or charged with forgery? If so, you need serious legal representation. Call the experienced Dallas criminal defense lawyers at Berlof & Newton, P.C. (214) 494-8990. Free consultation. Our attorneys have many years of experience practicing criminallaw, and will represent you zealously in court. Call today, or contact one of our lawyers by using the “Get Legal Help Now!” form in the left margin of this website. Se habla español.