forgery | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

In criminal law, forgery refers to the act of creating, altering, or using a false document with the intent to defraud, deceive, or mislead another person or entity.

Forgery can include a wide range of actions, such as creating a fake document, signing someone else’s name on a document, altering an existing document, or using a genuine document with false information.

The exact definition of forgery can vary depending on the jurisdiction, but some common forms of forgery include:

          • Creating a false document or signature
          • Altering a genuine document
          • Possession of a forged document
          • Uttering a forged document, which means presenting it as genuine
          • Using a false seal or other symbol
          • Using a false name or other identification information

Forgery is considered a serious crime and can be punished with prison time, fines, and restitution, depending on the jurisdiction and severity of the crime. Forgery can be a state or federal crime and may fall under different categories, such as fraud, counterfeiting, and others.

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Last Modified: 01/11/2023


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