According to the Texas Penal Code, a person commits forgery if they “forge a writing with intent to harm or defraud another.”
Forgery occurs when someone alters, executes, etc. a writing purporting it to be the writing of another—for example, signing someone else’s name to a document. A forgery also occurs when someone alters, executes, etc. a document that purports to be the original when it is not, in fact, the original.
A forgery charge is automatically a Class A misdemeanor. However, if the writing you are dealing with is a check, will, or some other document dealing with payment, the charge may be bumped up to a state jail felony.
The particular victim in your case may also be a reason that the state may aggravate the charges. For example, you may be charged with the next highest category of crime if the forgery was committed against an elderly person (someone 65 years of age or older).
If you have been charged with forgery contact the attorneys at Rosenthal & Wadas, PLLC for a free consultation of your rights.