While not as widely charged or discussed as offenses like theft, assault, or drug possession, forgery and charges thereof still effect residents of New York every day. If you or a loved one is facing allegations of forgery, don’t face your legal battle alone — contact me to schedule a free consultation with a knowledgeable New York City forgery attorney as soon as possible. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so don’t delay — call today at (347) 561-0025 to see what Dietrich P. Epperson can do for you.
The crime of forgery is handled by Article 170 of New York Penal Law. Forgery offenses are classified by degree of severity.
Forgery in the 3rd Degree
Under Section 5 of Article 170, “A person is guilty of forgery in the third degree when, with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, he falsely makes, completes or alters a written instrument.” A written instrument is anything containing written or printed matter, including computer programs and virtual data.
Forgery in the 3rd Degree is classified as Class A Misdemeanor. In New York, Class A Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in prison, and a fine of up to $1,000.
Forgery in the 2nd Degree
Forgery in the 2nd Degree is defined by the same parameters as those used to define forgery in the 3rd Degree, with the added condition that the written instrument either is, will be, or represents any of the following:
- a deed, will, credit card, or other instrument which effects an individual’s legal rights, legal status, or legal obligations
- a public record
- any instrument normally issued by a public office
- public transportation tokens (or other representation of fare)
- a medical prescription
Forgery in the 2nd Degree is a Class D Felony in New York, and is punishable by up to seven years in prison.
Forgery in the 1st Degree
Forgery in the 1st Degree is defined by the same parameters as those used to define forgery in the 2nd Degree and 3rd Degree, with the added condition that the written instrument either is, will be, or represents any of the following:
- money, food stamps, or other articles of value issued by the government
- stocks, bonds, or other articles representing either an interest in or a claim against a business or its property
Forgery in the 1st Degree is a Class C Felony in New York. It is punishable by a maximum of fifteen years in prison, and a fine of up to $15,000.
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