Fraud and Criminal Simulation
What is it? Criminal Simulation, common referred to as Fraud, is when a person possesses an altered or forged object with intent to sell, use, or otherwise utter it.
What makes it illegal? The Texas Criminal Penal Code Sec. 32.22. CRIMINAL SIMULATION indicates that a person commits an offense if he possesses an object so made or altered, with intent to sell, pass, or otherwise utter it.
What are the Punishments? For individuals arrested for FRAUD and CRIMINAL SIMULATION, the penalty is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail with fines.
Common Criminal Cases Involving Theft Arrests: The most common Criminal Simulation cases and Fraud arrests involve using a fake identification card in an attempt to cash or utter a check.
What is it? Forgery is when a writing is altered or falsely authenticated in an effort to defraud another person.
What makes it illegal? The Texas Criminal Penal Code Sec. 32.21. FORGERY indicates that a person A person commits an offense if he forges a writing with intent to defraud or harm another..
What are the Punishments? For individuals arrested for FORGERY, the penalty is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in the county jail with fines. Except as provided by Subsections (d), (e), and (e-1), where an offense under this section may be elevated.
Common Criminal Cases Involving Forgery Arrests: The most common Forgery cases and Forgery arrests involve altering checks or identification cards in an effort to pass the checks or assume another's identity.
Fraud and Forgery cases have become widespread with the advent of scanners and high quality low cost printers. Decades ago most forgers had to work with rubber stamps and paint; today, most teenagers can use photo altering software and a color printer to make realistic copies of sensitive materials.
One of the more common areas of forgery include create fake or fraudulent identification cards, social security cards, and drivers licenses. Often, charges such as providing false names to an officer, or identity theft, can be charged in conjunction with a forged document like a drivers license, even if the fake id is only used to procure a job. These charges can also carry hefty fines and some, as with federal social security card forgery, can lead to federal prosecution as well as local or state crimes and forgery charges.
Because fraud and forgery charges often are paired with several other types of crimes in the same case, it is important to speak with an attorney familiar with forgery cases as soon as possible to begin investigation and looking into possible defenses for trial -- or, if sought, a plea bargain.