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What Is Penalty for Forgery?

Forgery can b e charged as a Class C or D felony in Kentucky or as a Class A misdemeanor. It is often used as a charge where a stolen check is cashed. Possession of a forged instrument for stolen check is a D felony and is easier to prove since you just have to possess the forged instrument, the prosecution does not have to prove WHO actually did the forgery. Class C felony is punishable by 5-10 years in prison, Class D felony is punishable by 1-5 years in prison and Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in county jail.  The charges are based on what the instrument/document was that was forged.  For example, a forged lease contract is likely a misdemeanor, a check is a D felony and a bond or fake money is a Class C felony.  Of course, with money there are other potential charges as well.  Forgery and Possession of Forged Instrument charges are defined in KRS 516.010 and following.  There are 3 levels of charges for forgery and 3 levels of charges for possession of forged instrument.  These charges may be misdemeanor or felony charges. If you are charged with forgery or possession of a forged instrument you need to hire a criminal defense attorney.  For advice and representation in Cincinnati or Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at [email protected] or call 859-581-6453.

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