There are several degrees of forgery laws in New York. A person is guilty of basic forgery, or forgery in the third degree, when he or she "falsely makes, completes, or alters a written instrument" with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another. Forgery will be elevated in degree with respect to the nature of the instrument involved. So, second degree forgery exists where the following instruments are involved:
An offense will be elevated to the first degree if it involves:
Overview of New York Forgery Laws
For more information on New York forgery laws, see the chart below.
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First Degree Forgery: This is a Class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to $5,000 or double the amount of the defendant's gain from commission of the forgery.
Second Degree Forgery: This is a Class D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and up to $5,000 or double the amount of the defendant's gain from commission of the forgery.
Third Degree Forgery: This is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in prison and up to $1,000 in fines.
The possible defenses to forgery include:
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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