Florida Statute §831.02 states that if a person intentionally offers, passes, or uses an already forged document to deceive or defraud any person or an entity, it will be considered as a crime uttering forged instruments.
Uttering vs. forging
Uttering forged documents is a different crime, and forging a document is a different crime. Forgery is a crime where a forged document is created, but uttering forged documents means distributing forged documents.
Penalties for Uttering Forged Instruments
In Florida, uttering a forged instrument is considered a felony of the third degree, and it is ranked as the offense of level 1 as per the Criminal punishment code of Florida. A person, if found guilty of such charges, may face any of the following legal punishments:
Imprisonment that may extend to 5 years
Probation that may extend to 5 years.
A fine of $5,000
Defenses to Uttering Forged Instruments
Intent to Defraud
For a legal document to be proved as forged, the prosecutor must prove that intention behind the forged document was to make it look as genuine. Also, if a million-dollar bill is uttered, it does not mean that is will be considered as uttering a forgery.
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