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Protecting You from Forgery Penalties
In the state of New York, forgery, also known as “uttering a false
instrument,” can come in a number of ways. This broadly-encompassing
crime can include creating a false “written instrument,” possessing
one, or using one with the intent to defraud. Depending on whether or
not something is stolen, your intent in possessing, and the nature of
your victim, you could be facing particularly serious penalties.
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the criminal justice system.
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Elements of Forgery
In order to be accused of forgery, the prosecution must be able to identify
and prove that several key points must be present for the crime to have
The elements of a forgery crime include:
- Creation, possession, or use of a “written instrument”
- The written instrument must have apparent “legal significance”
- The writing must be false
- The accused must have the intent to defraud
A “written instrument” that could be considered a tool of forgery
could include a number of things, including a fake official identification,
a document or agreement, or even fake money (a crime known as “counterfeiting”).
While these instruments are all considered illegal, possessing them with
the intent to defraud someone is what actually makes for the crime of
forgery, regardless of whether or not you attempted to actually defraud
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