Idenity Fraud or is it just a slap on the wrist. In the state of California, if you knowingly are not the birth father to a child you have custody of, and you replace the "true" birth father's name with your own?
A mere falsification of a birth certificate is not a Federal offence, however and Federal use of the same with knowledge of the fraud would be a federal offence. For example, if you use this birth certificate to get Social Security Benefits - then that would be a federal offence.
As Fitzgerald addressed there are a lot of important collateral matters that would need to be considered, such as what your intentions are now to do such a thing as well as going forward what you intend to do, to be able to give a proper answer; as well as understanding family law obligations and other essential components of such a decision.
If this is a course of action you are intent on pursuing I think you would only benefit from retaining an experienced attorney so you can sit down and talk about all of the facts, and the experienced attorney can offer you guidance on all relevant implications under the law.
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Criminal Defense Attorney
The mere doing of the act would not be fraud. Presentation of the falsified document to obtain something would be.
Not addressed is what difficulties one migh have for falsifying a state document , especially if that denied the true father any benefit.
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White Collar Crime Lawyer
Whether or not the mere act of putting false information on a birth certificate is an actual federal offense is besides the point. Doing so reflects an intent to deceive, which can haunt you for years to come. It simply is not worth it.