Virginia Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws
A drug addict replicates a physician's signature to obtain prescription medication; an opportunist creates a false deed of sale; an employee changes the figures on a check. These are examples of forgery, a crime that includes a broad range of activities where the perpetrator intends to deceive a person or entity.
Forgery in Virginia
Specifically, in Virginia, you commit forgery when you (with the intent to commit fraud) create, alter, or use a false document that affects another person's legal rights or responsibilities. To be a "false" document means that the writing was intentionally created or changed in a way that it becomes a misrepresentation, giving rise to criminal charges or civil liability.
Counterfeiting in Virginia
Another form of forgery is counterfeiting, which involves a false version of the money (coins, bills, or notes) presently used in Virginia. It's illegal to make fake money and to pass it off or "utter" fake money for value.
North Carolina Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws at a Glance
A lawyer's interpretation is necessary for a complete analysis of any statute. However, it never hurts to know what the law means without having to decipher legal jargon; having explanations in everyday terms and phrases can help. The chart below provides a summary of statutes related to Virginia's forgery and counterfeiting laws.
Penalties and Sentencing
Forging public records and uttering a forged public document:
Keeping an instrument for forging:
Forging and uttering other writings:
Knowingly possessing counterfeit money:
Making or possessing counterfeiting tools:
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.
Virginia Forgery and Counterfeiting Laws: Related Resources
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