Forgery in Colorado, C.R.S. 18-5-102

Colorado Forgery, C.R.S. 18-5-102

Colorado Forgery, at C.R.S. 18-5-102, is a Class 5 felony. It generally involves an intent to defraud someone — whether the government, a business or a private citizen. Forgery is similar in many respects to criminal impersonation, except it involves pretending to be another on some type of writing.

Elements of Proving Forgery

Forgery is more specifically defined in Douglas, Jefferson, Adams, Arapahoe and Denver counties as conduct by a person intending to defraud another, when that person falsely makes, completes, alters or utters a written instrument that is of value. Valuable items include money, securities, stock, bonds, deeds, wills, contracts, checks, promissory notes (loans), a publicly recorded document or an official government document (like a ticket or summons).

The forgery statute, C.R.S. 18-5-102, is designed to prohibit persons from tricking others out of their valuable property ownership or title — as a form of theft. Since the government frequently accepts and records property ownership documents like deeds and wills, documents filed with the government involving false representations amount to forgery.

Possible Sentences for Forgery Convictions

Forgery is a Class 5 felony, and therefore it is punishable by imprisonment in the Colorado Department of Corrections for anywhere from one year to 18 months. Under exceptional circumstances, the court can increase that prison sentence to three years. In addition to a prison sentence to D.O.C., the court can give a Community Corrections sentence, a county jail sentence of up to 90 days, a work release sentence up to two years or a probation sentence. There are many factors that influence which sentence the court will choose upon a forgery conviction in Aurora, Denver, Castle Rock and Centennial, so it is best to consult a criminal defense lawyer specialist right away.

Forgery cases can involve complicated proof issues, defenses and sentencing. If you've been contacted by police or think you might, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call an experienced criminal defense lawyer at the O'Malley Law Office, P.C., at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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