By Benson Varghese

Published on: November 16th, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Last Updated: September 9th, 2020 at 3:52 PM

What is Forgery in Texas?

Forgery is the act of altering information with the intent of defrauding or harming another. This can be by making, completing, altering or authenticating a document falsely. Forgery is codified under Penal Code 32.21. If you are facing allegations for forging documents, call a Fort Worth forgery lawyer for assistance with protecting your legal rights.

What is the punishment for forgery in Texas?

As a State Jail Felony

Forgery is a State Jail Felony if the document is a:

  • will or codicil
  • deed or deed of trust
  • mortgage
  • security instrument
  • security agreement
  • credit card
  • check
  • debit form
  • money order, contract or release of commercial instrument.

A state jail felony is punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility.

As a Third Degree Felony

Forgery is a third degree felony, punishable by 180 days to 2 years in a state jail facility, if it is:

  • a government record
  • currency
  • ​issues of securities
  • postage or revenue stamp
  • a government stock or bond

Based on Value

Forgeries can also be charged based on the value of the property using the standard theft value ladder found in the Texas Penal Code.

With an Elderly Victim

Forgery can also be enhanced one level of the victim is elderly. An elderly individual is one who is 65 years of age or older.

As a Class A Misdemeanor

If it doesn’t fall under one of the categories above, forgery is a Class A misdemeanor in Texas.

Statute of Limitations for Forgery in Texas

There is a 10-year statute of limitations for forgery cases in Texas.

Contact a Skilled Fort Worth Forgery Attorney for Assistance

If you or a loved one is facing a forgery charge, it’s important to have an experienced Fort Worth forgery lawyer by your side. We can help. Contact us today for a complimentary strategy session.