Florida law criminalizes several offenses related to forgery. A person commits forgery when, with intent to injure or defraud any person, he or she “falsely makes, alters, forges or counterfeits” any written instrument specified in the state forgery statute. Documents specifically prohibited from being forged including an acceptance of a bill or exchange or promissory note for the payment of money.
In order to secure a conviction for forgery, the prosecution must therefore prove that the defendant (1) made, altered, forged or counterfeited (2) a written instrument falsely purporting to be that of another person or entity (3) and appearing to have some legal significance (4) with intent to injure or defraud any person.
Florida classifies basic forgery as a felony of the third degree. In Florida, the maximum statutory penalty for a third-degree felony is five years in prison. A fine may also be imposed up to $5,000.
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