I was asked to notarize a document for a know person and another person. The other person gave said known person their drivers license but was not present in the room. I notarized the document by matching the name and signature of the drivers license. Both parties are now in a legal battle and my notary was reported.
Without being more involved in the case, it's hard to answer precisely. I would say that your liability could be anything from no action at all, to losing your notary credentials, on up to criminal perjury charges. I would guess you're on the low end of the scale, but I really can't say. You may want to check with an attorney.
Be aware that this response does not create an attorney/client relationship. I live and work in Massachusetts and may or may not know the local laws where you live. I hope people find my responses not only helpful but somewhat entertaining as well. If you rely on this as legal advice, remember the old saying, "You get what you pay for."
This is a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Depending on your prior record, you could face anything from a fine and cost of court to 120 days active in jail. In addition, the Secretary of State may issue a warning to a notary or restrict, suspend, or revoke a notarial commission for a violation of that statute.
This response is not legal advice. No answer to these questions is intended to, nor does it, create an attorney-client relationship. Any statements made by me are based upon the limited facts you have presented, and under the premise that you will consult with a local licensed attorney about the particular facts and circumstances of your case.
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