The crime of forgery is a serious one, falling in the category of a Class E felony, punishable by no less than one year in prison. Forgery in the state of Tennessee requires two basic tenets to be met –
- the defendant forged a writing; and
- the defendant intended to defraud or harm another
Forgery of Writing
The first half of that equation gets broken down further into four parts according to the laws of Tennessee. The below are the four ways in which one can commit forgery –
- alter, make, complete, execute or authenticate any writing
- making false entries in books or records
- issue, transfer, register the transfer of, pass, or publish a writing that is forged
- possession of a writing that is forged
Any of those actions can result in the charge of forgery being brought against a defendant.
Intent to Defraud or Harm
Where as the act of committing forgery is pretty cut and dried, the ‘intent to defraud or harm’ clause is more cloudy. Such items that can be forged for the purpose of harm include contracts, I.D. cards, deeds and titles, and checks.
If you have been charged with any form of fraud in Tennessee, you want to obtain the assistance of an experienced defense attorney to stand up for you in court. The laws are often complex in this area, and you will need a talented professional to be on your side. Give the law offices of Gregory P. Issacs a call at 865-673-4953 to have a free consultation and discuss your options for fighting the charge of forgery.