Forgery in Pennsylvania
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Forgery occurs when someone alters a document or any financial instrument without consent, create or complete any fictitious document or financial instrument, or use a forged document or item in order to defraud or injure another individual or entity for personal gain. Documents or instruments are often construed as, but is not limited to, contracts, will, paper money, coins, deeds, stamps, credit cards, identification cards, seals and trademarks.
Examples of forgery include the following:
- Signing another individual’s name on a check
- Cashing a forged check at a financial institution
- Alerting a financial document
- Altering the amount on a check without consent
- Making a false deed or other real estate document
- Using a forged instrument or document to acquire or transfer money or property
If you have been arrested for forgery in Pennsylvania, our Philadelphia criminal defense lawyers at Krasner & Long are ready to fight for you. With extensive knowledge of the state and federal legal system and court proceedings, our experienced and skilled team can successfully handle a variety of theft and white collar crimes.
Punishment for Forgery Crimes
In Pennsylvania, basic forgery is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a maximum prison or jail sentence of five years and a fine of up to $10,000. However, if it involves the fabrication or altercation of a will, contract, deed, or any other document which affects legal relations, the charges could be elevated to a third-degree felony. Punishment for a third-degree penalty is a maximum prison sentence of seven years and a fine of up to 15,000.
A forgery offense could be further increased to a second-degree felony if the writing is or implies to be part of an instrument issued by the government, such as paper money, securities or postage stamps, or an instrument representing an interest in a business or property, including socks, bonds, or a certificate of interest regarding a business partnership. A second-degree felony is punishable by a maximum prison sentence of ten years and a fine of up to $25,000.
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