ARS 13-2002 defines forgery by the following actions, if the actions are committed with the intent to defraud: oMaking, altering, or completing a written instrument. oOffering or presenting a forged instrument or an instrument that contains false information. It does not matter whether or not the offer is accepted. oKnowingly possessing a forged instrument.
Charges for Forgery in Arizona
As stated in the statute, forgery is charged as a class 4 felony in Arizona. If a forged instrument is used in the leasing, renting, or purchasing of a residence, it is charged as a class 3 felony. Forgery is a white collar crime that can come with extremely harsh punishments in Arizona.
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