What Constitutes as Forgery?
Forgery occurs when an individual creates a fake document, modifies an existing document, or the unauthorized signing of a signature without authorization. The type of white collar crime is considered a Class 4 felony; however, if the forged instrument is used in connection with the purchase, lease or renting of a dwelling that is used as a drop house, it is a Class 3 felony.
If you are currently under investigation for forgery in Arizona, our Phoenix criminal defense attorney at the Law Office of Jason D. Lamm knows what it takes to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. As a former prosecutor, he can properly anticipate how the prosecution will approach your case and develop a defense strategy to obtain the most favorable outcome possible.
Offenses Related to Forgery
Forgery is a crime associated with its own set of penalties. Unfortunately, there is still a possibility that you may be charged and convicted of other offenses related to forgery.
Other offenses associated with forgery include the following:
- Criminal possession of a forgery device – Class 6 or Class 5 felony
- Criminal simulation – Class 6 felony
- Obtaining a signature by deception – Class 1 misdemeanor
- Criminal impersonation – Class 6 felony
- Unlawful use of slugs – Class 2 misdemeanor
- Taking the identity of another person or identity or identity theft – Class 4 felony
- Aggravated taking of the identity of another person or entity, identity theft resulting in an economic loss of $3,000 or more, or identity theft for the intent to obtain employment – Class 3 felony
- Trafficking in the identity of another person or entity – Class 2 felony
- Fraudulent creation or possession of admission tickets to a sporting event, concert, etc. – Class 1 misdemeanor
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