Two Types of Forgery
There are two types of forgery; forgery in the first degree and
forgery in the second degree. Both types are
Forgery in the Second Degree OCGA §
Forgery in the Second Degree occurs when you intend to defraud
another by making, altering, or possessing any writing:
in a fictitious name or
in a way that the writing purports to have been made:
a) by another
b) at another time
c) with different provisions; or
authority of one who did not give the authority.
Penalty for Conviction of Second Degree Forgery
Conviction for forgery in the second degree can result in a prison
sentence of 1-5 years.
Forgery in the First Degree OCGA § 16-9-1
Forgery in the First Degree contains all the elements listed above
in Second Degree Forgery. However, there is an additional
requirement. The writing must be uttered or delivered, i.e. actually
Penalty for Conviction of First Degree Forgery
Conviction for forgery in the first degree can result in a prison
sentence of 1-10 years.
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