The Forgery statute can be very simple or quite complicated depending on the specific details of the charge. In general, to "Forge" means to alter, make, complete, execute, or authenticate any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize that act or to have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case; or to be a copy of an original when no such original existed and that the act was done with intent to defraud or harm another person. Forgery can also include making false entries in records/books, to use/present/transfer a forged item or to possess a forged item with intent to use it. A person is presumed to intend to defraud or harm another if the person acts with respect to two or more writings of the same type and if each writing is a government record listed in Section 37.01(2)(C).

The definition of "Writing" includes:
  • Printing or any other method of recording information;
  • Money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, and trademarks;  and
  • Symbols of value, right, privilege, or identification.
Range of Punishment for Forgery can be between a Class A Misdemeanor up to  Felony depending on the details of the charge, such as the type of item that was forged and whether the alleged victim is an elderly person.

If it is suspected that any of the below items were Forged,  then the class of punish can be enhanced for Forgery:
  • a will
  • a deed/deed of trust
  • a mortgage
  • a security agreement
  • a credit card
  • a check
  • an authorization to debit an account at a financial institution,
  • an order for payment of money, contract, release, or other commercial instrument
  • an issue of money
  • securities
  • postage
  • revenue stamps
  • other instruments issued by a state or national government (or by a subdivision of either)
  • part of an issue of stock, bonds, or other instruments representing interests in or claims against another person

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