Forgery Charges in Denton, Cooke, Collin, & Wise Counties
If you or a family member is currently facing Forgery charges, you’ll want to understand what is involved in the law itself, as well as conviction penalties and possible defenses. Forgery can be considered an Identity Theft crime and is defined in Texas as altering, completing, or authenticating any piece of writing pretending to be (1) someone else’s (without their authorization), (2) at another time, or (3) a copy of something that never existed. This can be something like a personal check, contract, will, etc.
Forgery charges generally come about when someone signs another person’s name without authorization or writes a check to themselves without permission. However, there are far more serious Forgery charges with truly severe penalties. You or your loved one’s best chance at an optimal outcome is to secure the defense of an experienced criminal defense attorney like Bruce Isaacks. Call our office today to secure your legal defense plan.
Forgery Charges and Penalties in Texas
Typically Forgery charges are considered Class A misdemeanors and they carry penalties of up to a $4,000 fine and up to a year in jail should a conviction be reached.
However, those charges can be escalated to a felony if the piece of writing concerns a deed, mortgage, check, will, contract, or other financial or property documents. If the forgery charge is a felony, a conviction can carry with it a fine of up to $10,000 and 2 years in jail.
A third degree felony may be charged if the Forgery case involves bonds, stocks, capital, other securities, postage/revenue stamps, or a governmental record. If convicted, you can be fined as much as $10,000 and receive a jail sentence of 2 to 20 years.
In any of these charges, if the alleged victim is an elderly person, the charge is increased in severity (e.g., a Forgery that would have been a Class A misdemeanor can be charged as a state felony committed against an elderly person).
How We Defend
If you or someone you love is currently facing Forgery charges, it’s easy to not understand the complexities and possible legal defenses available to help you. However, these charges can be successfully defended by a skilled attorney like Bruce Isaacks. He is committed to developing the best defensive strategy for your case, like attacking your intent or knowledge of the accused crime. Even procedural mistakes like illegal search and seizures or arrests can lead to a better outcome in Bruce’s hands, as evidence may be ruled inadmissible.
You need a defense attorney with experience, commitment, and a firm understanding of Forgery law if you hope to emerge from your day in court with the best possible outcome for your case. Bruce Isaacks is Board Certified, Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a practicing Criminal Defense Attorney in Denton, TX and a Former District Attorney. He has spent years aggressively defending the rights of clients facing misdemeanor or felony forgery charges in Denton, TX and the surrounding area. He has the legal expertise, drive, and understanding of the North Texas court system needed to get his clients the best possible outcomes for their cases.
If you would like to discuss the specifics of your case or are in need of legal representation, please give the Law Offices of Bruce Isaacks a call today. We’re standing by, ready to take your call.