Forgery Offenses


Forgery is a serious offense, one that can be easily considered a felony in any courthouse or can be taken to federal government level. The penalties for all forgery offenses varies in accordance with the type of document that is altered. For example, forging important government documents will result in much higher penalties. Having a forgery charge on your criminal record can severely limit you in many ways, such as employment and applying for apartments or houses. If convicted of a felony, you can also lose the right to vote and carry firearms, and you can lose certain professional licenses.

Acts that constitute forgery

Forgery offenses under Ohio law include:

  • Altering a document without permission to do so.

  • Forging any writing to be genuine when it is actually false, such as creating fake government documents.

  • Forging a signature on a document.

  • Knowingly forging, selling, or distributing fake identification cards.

  • Knowingly using or presenting a forged document, or having possession of a forged document with intent to use it.

  • Counterfeiting money.

Forgery Penalties

Forgery possible penalties:

  • F2 (felony of the second degree)

  • F3 (felony of the third degree)

  • F4 (felony of the fourth degree)

  • F5 (felony of the fifth degree)

  • M1 (misdemeanor of the first degree)


Have you been charged with a forgery offense? Contact The Stavroff Law Firm today to learn about your rights and begin building your defense.