§ 831.01.  Forgery.

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:

  1. 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

Some of the defenses to Forgery are:

  • 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. 

There are other possible defenses which I can explore with you during our Free Initial Consultation.

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Glenn M. Swiatek

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If you have been arrested or believe you will soon be arrested for the offense of forgery in Northwest Florida please call us today at (850) 609‑0940 or send this form.

Initial Office Consults are free, and I will make myself available to suit your schedule.

Get the peace of mind that an attorney with over twenty-three years of criminal law experience can bring when you are charged with forgery.


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