In Texas law, forgery means the act of altering, making, completing, executing, or authenticating any writing so that it appears to: 1) be the act of another person who did not authorize this act; 2) have been executed at a time or place or in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case; or 3) be a copy of an original when no such original existed. Forgery also means the issuance, transfer, register the transfer of, pass, publish, or otherwise utter a writing. Finally, forgery also means the possession of a writing that is forged within the definition given above with the intent to issue, transfer, register the transfer of, pass, or publish the writing.
A person commits the offense of forgery if he or she forges a writing with the intent to defraud or harm another. Forgery is a state jail felony if the forged document purports to be a will, codicil, deed, deed of trust, mortgage, security instrument, security agreement, credit card, check, authorization to debit an account at a financial institution, or similar sight order for payment of money, contract, release, or other commercial instrument. Forgery is a Class A misdemeanor for any other document. If at trial it is shown that the offense was committed against an elderly person, punishment is increased to the next highest category of offense.
Forgery is a very serious charge. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you, and to ensure that your rights are protected. The Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC will fight to ensure that your rights are protected during this trying time. We will use our years of experience and knowledge to make sure that the police followed all legal procedures when preparing and filing the charges against you. We will investigate fully the allegations made against you. If working together and examining the evidence, you determine that it is in your best interest to have a jury hear your case, we will defend you aggressively and make sure that the jury hears your side of the story. If we determine together that it is in your best interest to accept a plea offer from the district attorney, we will work hard to ensure that you receive the best deal possible. Victory in a criminal defense case can mean many different things, and the Arlington criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC are committed to pursuing the best course of action for your situation. If you find yourself being charged with forgery, please call the criminal defense attorneys of the Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC at 817-841-9906.