Being convicted of forgery according to the Michigan Penal Code can lead to to a felony conviction which is punishable by imprisonment for up to 14 years. Otherwise known as a paper crime, this crime is directly related to altering documents including altering, forging or counterfeiting public records such as wills, promissory notes, discharge of money, promissory note or any other with intent to injure or defraud another.
These types of charges, like many other charges in Michigan, can be quite diverse and encompass many different crimes. Understanding this, it is advised that if you are facing charges of forgery, you contact a Forgery attorney to assist you.
Michigan Penal Code
750.248 Making, altering, forging, or counterfeiting public record; intent; felony; penalty; exception; venue.
(1) A person who falsely makes, alters, forges, or counterfeits a public record, or a certificate, return, or attestation of a clerk of a court, register of deeds, notary public, township clerk, or any other public officer, in relation to a matter in which the certificate, return, or attestation may be received as legal proof, or a charter, will, testament, bond, writing obligatory, letter of attorney, policy of insurance, bill of lading, bill of exchange, promissory note, or an order, acquittance of discharge for money or other property, or a waiver, release, claim or demand, or an acceptance of a bill of exchange, or indorsement, or assignment of a bill of exchange or promissory note for the payment of money, or an accountable receipt for money, goods, or other property with intent to injure or defraud another person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 14 years.
(2) This section does not apply to a scrivener’s error.
(3) The venue in a prosecution under this section may be in the county in which the forgery was performed; in a county in which a false, forged, altered, or counterfeit record, instrument, or other writing is uttered and published with intent to injure or defraud; or in the county in which the rightful property owner resides.
Forgery Attorney Gaylord MI
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