Forgery is the altering, creating, imitating, or forging of a document with the intent to defraud another individual. In Texas, a person will be charged with forgery when they forge a writing with the intent to harm or defraud someone else.

What Does “Forge” Mean in the Texas Forgery Law?

The term “forge” refers to:

  • Altering
  • Completing
  • Making
  • Executing
  • Authenticating
  • Issuing
  • Transferring
  • Publishing
  • Passing
  • Registering

of a writing.

What Does “Writing” Refer to?

Writing can refer to:

  • Money, stamps, tokens, coins, seals, badges, trademarks, or credit cards
  • Any method of recorded information
  • Symbols of value, privilege, identification, right

What Punishment Will I Face If I Am Convicted for the First Time?

A first-time conviction of forgery in Texas is usually a Class A misdemeanor. Under a Class A misdemeanor, a person faces:

  • About one year in county jail
  • $4,000 fine
  • County jail time and fine

Can I Face a Harsher Sentence?

Yes. It is a state jail felony if a person is found to have forged one of the following:

  • Deed
  • Deed of trust
  • Will
  • Codicil
  • Mortgage
  • Security agreement
  • Credit card
  • Check
  • Debit card

A state jail felony punishment may include:

  • 180 days to two years in state jail
  • $10,000 fine
  • State jail time and a fine

It is also a felony in the third degree if the writing forged was an issue of money, revenue stamps, government record or securities. A third degree felony is punishable by:

  • Two to 10 years in state prison
  • $10,000 fine
  • Fine and prison time

Should I Contact a Lawyer about My Texas Forgery Case?

You should absolutely reach out to a Texas criminal attorney if you are facing a forgery charge. A lawyer will represent you and determine the best defenses to fight your case.