A person commits forgery by altering, delivering or possessing a written document that has been altered. Proving that someone has committed forgery is difficult, however, because it must be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was the person who altered the document and that they did so with the intent to defraud another person.
How does forgery occur?
There are different types of documents that can be created or altered, resulting in charges of fraud. Examples include checks, identification cards, birth certificates, passports, credit cards, and more. If you have been arrested under suspicion of fraud, don't hesitate to find out what an Johnson County criminal defense attorney could do for you. Call Martin & Wallentine to speak with a caring attorney who could provide you with the answers you need. We are experienced in all areas of criminal defense and are prepared to aggressively fight your false criminal charges. Below are the Kansas Statutes for different types of forgery.
Forged Checks "Giving a worthless check" (K.S.A. § 21-5821 ): Making a check with the intent to defraud is punishable as a severity level 7, nonperson felony for a check worth less than $25,000; as a severity level 9, nonperson felony for an amount over $1,000 but less than $25,000; and a class A misdemeanor for amounts less than $1,000.
Penalties: A Level 7 felony carries fines and up to 34 months prison. A Level 9 felony carries fines and up to 17 months prison. A class A misdemeanor can carry a fine and up to one year in jail.
Forgery (K.S.A. § 21-5823 ): Making, altering or endorsing any written instrument so that it appears to have been endorsed by another, and doing so with the intent to defraud. This is a severity level 8, nonperson felony. A level 8 felony can carry a fine and up to 23 months prison.
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