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Forgery in Colorado - From Driving a Car

Forgery, C.R.S. 18-5-102, is often charged when someone is trying to steal from others, such as when they create a fake check or sign someone's name pretending to be them. But did you know we often see people charged with a felony forgery for Driving Under Restraint / Revocation without a license in Denver, Jefferson and Arapahoe County?

Lying to Police Can Amount to Forgery

When someone drives without a current license, they can be charged with Driving Under Restraint if their Colorado Driver's License is revoked or suspended. Most people in this position know that there is a mandatory period of jail if they are caught driving. So, if stopped by police, they commonly pretend to be a friend or family member. After telling the officer they forgot their license, they sign a ticket for speeding in the name of another. When they fail to show up at court, a warrant is issued in the name of their friend / family member. Once that person is arrested, they are quick to point out who the real driver was.

The Elements of Forgery

Forgery is charged in Broomfield, Larimer and Weld County "if, with the intent to defraud, such person falsely makes, completes, alters, or utters a written instrument which is or purports to be, or which is calculated to become or to represent if completed: (e) A written instrument officially issued or created by a public office, public servant, or government agency." Since the traffic ticket or summons is issued by police, it qualifies as an official document.

What is thought to be a harmless act - driving while one's license is suspended or revoked, can quickly amount to felony forgery conduct in Douglas, Adams and Fremont County. People justify the possibility of some county jail if caught driving without their license, but they have no idea it can be a felony and is punishable by a prison sentence.

We know you need to get to work or face losing your job. Never drive if your driver's license is suspended or revoked. Get a bike, get a ride, or walk to work. A felony can destroy your future employability. If you are contacted by police for forgery, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and call the experienced forgery lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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