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FORGERY IN GA


Two Types of Forgery
There are two types of forgery; forgery in the first degree and forgery in the second degree. Both types are
felonies.

Forgery in the Second Degree OCGA 16-9-2
Forgery in the Second Degree occurs when you intend to defraud another by making, altering, or possessing any writing:

  1. in a fictitious name or

  2. in a way that the writing purports to have been made:
        a) by another
        b) at another time
        c) with different provisions; or

  3. by 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 presented.

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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