Forgery and Fraud

Forgery and Fraud Crimes in Alabama

Forgery and fraud crimes are serious offenses in Alabama. They involve deception for personal gain or to damage another individual. These offenses can be committed in various ways, including creating false documents, altering legitimate documents, presenting false information as true, and deceiving others for financial gain. No matter what criminal offense you have been charged with, it is crucial that you hire an experienced defense attorney today.

Forgery Offenses

Forgery in Alabama is classified into three degrees. The degree of the crime is determined by the type of instrument that is forged and the intent behind the forgery.

First Degree Forgery

First degree forgery is the most serious type. It involves creating, altering, or possessing a forged instrument with the intent to defraud. The instrument must be a government-issued document or a financial instrument such as a check or stock certificate.

Second Degree Forgery

Second degree forgery involves creating, altering, or possessing a forged instrument with the intent to defraud. The instrument must be a deed, will, contract, public record, or other document that can affect legal rights or obligations.

Third Degree Forgery

Third degree forgery is the least serious type. It involves creating, altering, or possessing any forged instrument, other than those specified in the first and second degrees, with the intent to defraud.

Fraud Offenses

In Alabama, there are several types of fraud offenses. These include identity theft, credit card fraud, check fraud, insurance fraud, and securities fraud. Each of these offenses involves deception for personal gain.

Identity theft involves using another person’s identifying information without their consent for personal gain. Credit card fraud involves using a card or card number without the cardholder’s consent. Check fraud involves creating or using a false check. Insurance fraud involves presenting false information to an insurance company. Securities fraud involves deception related to the buying or selling of stocks and bonds.

Penalties for Forgery and Fraud Crimes

The penalties for forgery and fraud crimes in Alabama vary depending on the degree of the offense.

  • First-degree forgery is a Class B felony, punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $30,000.
  • Second-degree forgery is a Class C felony, punishable by 1 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $15,000.
  • Third-degree forgery is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $6,000.

The penalties for fraud crimes also vary depending on the type of offense and the amount of money involved. They can range from fines and probation to lengthy prison sentences.

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