Forgery is a Class C felony and carries a penalty of 2 to 8 years in prison. The crime of forgery requires proof that a person, with the intent to defraud, made or used an instrument or document in such a manner that it purports to have been made by another person or with different terms. Fraud charges often are based on improper use of a credit card. A person, who with intent to defraud, obtains property by using a credit card, knowing that it was unlawfully obtained; or who uses a credit card, knowing that it is forged, revoked, or expired, commits fraud, a Class D felony. It is also a Class D felony to use someone else’s credit card without their permission.
If a person is suspected or accused of forgery or fraud, it is important to seek immediate advice from an experienced criminal attorney. In many forgery and fraud investigations, police will seek to interview a suspect by requesting that they waive their right to an attorney. If an accused person waives their right to an attorney, they can be subjected to aggressive interrogation. It is important to identify defenses to forgery and fraud allegations early in a case and to refrain from making any statements until there has been an opportunity to review all of the alleged evidence.