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What is Forgery in Arizona

 

Forgery in Arizona is the act of falsely making or altering written documents or objects so as to deceive or trick others. It is defined under Arizona Revised Statutes ARS §13-2002 and is considered a type of fraud.

Forgery is prohibited under Arizona law and the act of possessing or offering forged documents to another person is also considered a serious offense. A person is known to commit forgery if he or she falsely makes, alters, or completes a “written instrument” with the intent of defrauding others. Simply possessing or offering a faked or forged written instrument with the intention to defraud others is also punishable by law in Arizona.

Examples of Forgery

A written document or instrument that can be forged may include a stamp, seal, trademark, badge, or image. A symbol of value or identification may also be forged, such as a signature. A person is known to commit forgery if they sign someone else’s signature, or if they delete an important sentence from a contract. Creating fake coupons, counterfeiting bonds, credit card forgery, and attempting to cash a check that is signed by someone other than the account holder are all acts of forgery or fraud.

Possession of Forgery tools

In Arizona, possessing forgery tools is also a crime. If a person makes or possesses any equipment or goods which may be used in acts of forgery, including computer software, that will be considered a crime. For example, anyone using a notary seal to make fake bonds could be convicted of possessing or using a forgery tool.

Punishment for Forgery

Forgery is considered a Class 4 Felony in Arizona and is punishable by a presumptive term of 2 years and 6 months in prison, whereas an aggravated term is punishable by 3 years and 9 months.

If the forged document is used to rent or purchase a house which is then used in a smuggling operation, then it will be considered a class 3 felony. This is punishable by 3 years and 6 months, whereas an aggravated term is punishable by 8 years and 9 months.

Possessing forgery tools is considered a class 5 or class 6 felony and is punishable by a presumptive term of 2 years if convicted. An aggravated term is punishable by 2 years and 6 months.

Anyone convicted of a felony in Arizona may also be required to pay a fine of up to $150,000.

Getting legal assistance

A conviction for forgery or fraud in Arizona can result in serious consequences. The person may have to face jail time, fines, and a long lasting criminal record. Anyone facing a criminal charge for forgery or fraud needs to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. Making a statement or entering a plea is not advised. Since these cases are too complicated, it is not recommended to navigate all by yourself.

An experienced attorney can help protect your rights and obtain the best possible outcome in your case. Contact DM Cantor to fight for your freedom. Call 602-536-5730 for a free initial consultation.

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