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Understanding Colorado’s Laws: What is Forgery?

| Oct 22, 2018 | Forgery |

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Denver Forgery Laws

It’s important to be aware of and to understand Denver, Colorado’s laws, as breaking them can result in penalties such as a jail or prison sentence, fines, probation, parole, treatment, and counseling, depending on the crime. Our goal at O’Malley and Sawyer is to help you protect your future, if you have been charged with a criminal offense in Denver. Today’s topic: Forgery, C.R.S. 18-5-102.

Forgery Definition in Adams County & Jefferson County

In Adams County, Jefferson County, and throughout Colorado, the definition of Forgery is found in Colorado Revised Statute 18-5-102:

“(1) A person commits forgery, if, with 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:

  • (a) Part of an issue of money, stamps, securities, or other valuable instruments issued by a government or government agency; or
  • (b) Part of an issue of stock, bonds, or other instruments representing interests in or claims against a corporate or other organization or its property; or
  • (c) A deed, will, codicil, contract, assignment, commercial instrument, promissory note, check, or other instrument which does or may evidence, create, transfer, terminate, or otherwise affect a legal right, interest, obligation, or status; or
  • (d) A public record or an instrument filed or required by law to be filed or legally fileable in or with a public office or public servant; or
  • (e) A written instrument officially issued or created by a public office, public servant, or government agency; or
  • (f) Part of an issue of tokens, transfers, certificates, or other articles manufactured and designed for use in transportation fees upon public conveyances, or as symbols of value usable in place of money for the purchase of property or services available to the public for compensation; or
  • (g) Part of an issue of lottery tickets or shares designed for use in the lottery held pursuant to article 40 of title 44; or
  • (h) A document-making implement that may be used or is used in the production of a false identification document or in the production of another document-making implement to produce false identification documents.”

Penalty for Forgery in Douglas County

In Douglas County, the penalty for Forgery is a class 5 felony. If convicted, the minimum penalty you will receive is one year in prison and a fine of $1,000. The maximum penalty for a class 5 felony is three years in the Colorado Department of Corrections, and a fine of $100,000. All criminal convictions in Colorado are also subject to a term of mandatory parole after release from prison.

Arapahoe County Lawyer for Forgery Charges

If you are being charged with Forgery in Centennial, Englewood, or Sheridan, be smart: If contacted by police, politely exercise your right to remain silent, and contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers today at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.

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