What is forgery in Florida?

The crime of Forgery is a Third Degree Felony in the State of Florida and is punishable by imprisonment not exceeding 5 years and a fine not exceeding $5,000.

The offense of Forgery occurs when a person:

Falsely makes, forges, or alters a public record, deed, will, bond, or other legal document with the intent to defraud any person.

Defenses to Forgery

  • No intent to defraud. 
    • If a genuine mistake is made or there is no evidence the defendant meant to extort money or deceive anyone, a defendant may claim this defense. 
  • Document did not appear genuine.   
    • This may include a joke, sarcasm, or any other written word that a reasonable person should recognize as doubtful.  A contest offering a free trip to Mars would be an example. 


State v. Escobedo, 404 So. 2d 760 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1981). 

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