What Is 2nd Degree Forgery?

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Second degree forgery is considered to be a felony crime and does not necessitate the presentation of the forged documents for conviction. The type of document forged determines the degree of a forgery charge. Common second degree forgery documents are deeds, wills, contracts, medical prescriptions, public records and credit cards.

The specific documents that constitute second degree forgery may vary slightly depending on each state’s regulations. In Georgia, it is considered second degree forgery for anyone to knowingly alter, make or have a document with a fictitious name or one that possesses an unauthorized signature. Second degree forgery requires the intent to defraud and carries a sentence of one to five years in prison. In New York, falsified documents considered for a second degree forgery conviction include any documents filed by a public servant, public transportation tokens or tickets, a written instrument created by a public servant and anything designed to be used as a replacement for money. Second degree forgery is considered a Class D felony in New York. The state of Connecticut considers the same documents as the state of New York in second degree felony cases. In this state, to be convicted of second degree felony, the state must be able to prove that the person altered, made, possessed or issued the falsified document with the intent to deceive.