A person commits the offense of forgery in the first degree when with the intent to defraud he or she knowingly makes, alters, or possesses any writing, other than a check, in a fictitious name or in such manner that the writing as made or altered purports to have been made by another person, at another time, with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give such authority and utters or delivers such writing.

Penalties for Forgery depend on whether the crime was committed in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree.  A conviction for Forgery in the 1st Degree carries a sentence between 1 and 15 years in prison.  Conviction for Forgery in the 2nd or 3rd Degree carries a sentence between 1 and 5 years in prison.  Forgery in the 4th degree is a misdemeanor unless the defendant has two prior convictions for Forgery.

If you have been arrested for any forgery offense you should retain an attorney as soon as possible to discuss the possible sentence you are facing if convicted at trial, and what your plan of action will be to avoid any term of incarceration.

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