Forgery is one of the most common types of white collar crimes, and it affects many people every year. As a result, this crime is treated very seriously in the state of California.
Forgery occurs when a person intentionally does the following to defraud another:
- Altering a document without authorization
- The creation of a fake documentation
- Attempting to use a fake document as if it is genuine
- Using another person’s signature to illicitly obtain assets of services
- Unauthorized possession or duplication of an official seal
Understanding California Forgery Laws
California’s forgery law is extremely broad and can pertain to a variety of situations. Falsified documents can include anything from medical records to drivers’ licenses to banks statements to lottery tickets to deeds to powers of attorney. Under the state Penal Code, forgery is either a felony or misdemeanor based on the amount of property taken. If the property involved is $950 or less, it is a misdemeanor, but if the property is greater than $950, it is a felony.
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