The crime of Forgery may be charged against a person who, with the intent to defraud, knowing that he or she has not authority to do so, signs the name of another person or of a fictitious person to any check, bond, bank bill, or note, cashier’s check, traveler’s check, money order, post note, draft or any warrant for the payment of money at any location or for the certificate of ownership or delivery of goods, chattels or property of any kind.
What does the prosecutor have to prove?
Felony: 1. Defendant signed the name of another person or a fictitious person to a document.
2. Defendant had no authority to sign the other person’s name or the name of a fictitious person.
3. Defendant knew he or she had no such authority.
4. Defendant signed the document with the specific intent to defraud.
5. The value of the forgery was greater than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950.00).
Misdemeanor: 5. The value of the forgery was less than nine hundred fifty dollars ($950.00).
With probation 0-364 days
Misdemeanor: 0-364 days