The Little Known Ways Forgery is Committed
What is forgery? It is the act of replicating something with the express intention of fooling others that it is the original (of what was copied). However, did you know that forgeries are not always considered a crime? Find out when deceit of this kind is considered a criminal offense.
Forgery is the act of creating objects or making documents with the intent to deceive someone into believing it's real. What is critical about the definition of forgery is the intent of deception. If you have simply imitated or reproduced an object without this ulterior motive, it cannot be classified as forgery. It becomes a crime when you use these forged objects in an explicit act. This is called fraud and it is punishable by law.
If you mistakenly attribute something to be real, whether it is a work of art or an item of value, then it is not considered forgery. However, if you are aware of the fact that it is a fake and you willfully pretend that it is real, then you have committed an act of forgery already. Legal documents, public records and forms of identification can all be forged and can be passed off as the genuine article. When this happens, goods and services, as well as information and money is lost in the process.
However, forgery may or may not always be considered a crime. It is only deemed a crime if substantial amounts of money or property are involved in the act of forging and crosses the threshold that has been set in place by the law. Deception can occur when there is intent to cheat a business or another individual, when there is an attempt to fake an identity or steal someone else's to conduct a transaction.
According to recent studies, the birth certificate of a person is the most vulnerable document that could be forged. But again, fraud involves other deceitful acts such as obtaining a document through illegal means or inclusion or deletion of certain data in documents. Forgery is not the only way that one can commit fraud, but it is certainly one of the most dangerous and widespread ways in which your identity could be stolen from you.
How Forgery is Punished...
The most common punishment for forgery is imprisonment for about a period of one to two years. Along with this, the person who committed the forgery may also be fined for the crime that he or she committed. Aside from this, there may also be an extended probationary period for individuals who are convicted of fraud and there may also be a loss of certain civil privileges such as voting, running for public office and applying for certain licenses. The person who has committed fraud may also need to do a minimum number of hours of community service as a means of making up for the crime that has been committed.
The punishment is dependent on the classification of the type of forgery that was committed. The laws governing forgery still vary from one state to another and are dependent on the circumstances surrounding the case. First degree forgery happens when there has been use or representation of the forged documents to deceive someone while second degree forgery occurs when there has been no use or representation.
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