Defenses for Forgery
There are a few legal approaches that are commonly used to defend those charged with forgery, including proving mistaken identity or proving that the writing was not indeed forged. You may be able to prove that you didn’t intend to defraud anyone, or that you signed or produced something in good faith, even with someone else’s signature. And if you’re a minor, you may face lighter penalties for forgery due to your age.
What Are the Penalties
for Forgery in Texas?
The penalties you may face if convicted of a forgery charge are steep. Even a Class A misdemeanor conviction can result in one year of jail time and a fine of up to $4,000.
If you’re convicted of forging a will, deed, credit card, bank check, contract, release, or authorization to debit a financial account, you could face up to 18 months to two years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you forged money, stocks, bonds, postage or revenue stamps, or any government document, you could be convicted of a third degree felony, a charge that is punishable by two to 10 years of prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Moreover, if you are charged with forging anything that defrauds an elderly person, that charge and the accompanying penalties can be elevated.
Work With an Experienced
Forgery Attorney in Dallas, Texas
Forgery is an extremely serious charge that Texas law doesn’t take lightly, and you shouldn’t either. If you’re facing charges of forgery, you need a knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Forgery charges, whether misdemeanors or felonies, are not charges you should face without experienced legal representation on your side.
Attorney Tom Fox began his career in the prosecuting attorney’s office where he learned how the prosecution builds a case against those charged with crimes under Texas law. Now, he uses that knowledge to defend clients, making him a formidable defense attorney.