Below we have provided the forgery statute or law in Arizona:
A. A person commits forgery if, with intent to defraud, the person:
Falsely makes, completes or alters a written instrument; or
Knowingly possesses a forged instrument; or
Offers or presents, whether accepted or not, a forged instrument or one that contains false information.
B. The possession of five or more forged instruments may give rise to an inference that the instruments are possessed with an intent to defraud.
C. Forgery is a class 4 felony, except that if the forged instrument is used in connection with the purchase, lease or renting of a dwelling that is used as a drop house, it is a class 3 felony. For the purposes of this subsection, “drop house” means property that is used to facilitate smuggling pursuant to section 13-2319.
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Forgery and fraud are common white collar criminal charges which call for the experienced advocacy of a criminal defense attorney who has handled similar cases. Forgery in Arizona involves the alteration of any written instrument.
Typically these cases included the alteration of checks, contracts or other documents of such nature. While in the state of Arizona forgery is considered a class 4 felony, it is very uncommon for a first time forgery conviction to result in long prison sentences. Usually probation is available for the individual found guilty. But, Jail time may be imposed as a condition of probation, however.
Please contact one of our criminal defense lawyers to examine the specific details of your case.