Forgery Charges in Virginia Beach

The crime of forgery involves creating or altering of an item or document, or affixing an unauthorized or fake signature or seal to a document, and then presenting that item or document as being authentic. The most common acts of forgery include forging a signature on a check or bank note, or forging a signature on a deed or public record, or forging a doctor’s signature on a prescription. It is also common to see charges for forging a certificate, such as a school diploma or college transcripts.

In Virginia, the most common forgery offenses are felony charges that can result in jail or prison sentences. In addition to being a felony criminal charge, forgery is considered a “crime of moral turpitude” which in and of itself can have lasting consequences.

Defenses To Forgery Charges

There are several defenses available for forgery charges, including consent and intent. It is not forgery to sign another person’s name to a document, provided you have that person’s permission. For example, a husband may endorse his wife’s paycheck and cash it, provided his wife gave him permission to do so. A secretary may sign their boss’s signature to a letter or document, provided they have their boss’s permission.

The best thing to do if you or someone you know is facing a forgery charge is to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. Do not try to talk to the alleged victim, and under no circumstances should you speak to the police or investigators. The attorneys at Garrett Law Group, PLC are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to speak with you about your case. Contact our office today online, or call (757) 422-4646. The call is always free.

Virginia Statutes:

§ 18.2-168. Forging public records, etc.
§ 18.2-169. Forging, or keeping an instrument for forging, a seal.
§ 18.2-170. Forging coin or bank notes.
§ 18.2-171. Making or having anything designed for forging any writing, etc.
§ 18.2-172. Forging, uttering, etc., other writings.
§ 18.2-172.1. Falsifying or altering and fraudulently using transcripts or diplomas; penalty.
§ 18.2-172.2. Maliciously affixing another’s signature to writing; penalty.
§ 18.2-173. Having in possession forged coin or bank notes.
§ 18.2-258.1. Obtaining drugs, procuring administration of controlled substances, etc., by fraud, deceit or forgery.