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NJ 2C:21-1. Forgery

Defending NJ 2C:21-1. Forgery

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NJ Statute: 2C:21-1.  Forgery and Related Offenses

2C:21-1.  Forgery and Related Offenses.
a. Forgery.  A person is guilty of forgery if, with purpose to defraud  or injure anyone, or with knowledge that he is facilitating a fraud or injury  to be perpetrated by anyone, the actor:
(1)Alters or changes any writing of another without his authorization;
(2)Makes, completes, executes, authenticates, issues or transfers any writing so that it purports to be the act of another who did not authorize that  act or of a fictitious person, or to have been executed at a time or place or  in a numbered sequence other than was in fact the case, or to be a copy of an  original when no such original existed;  or
(3)Utters any writing which he knows to be forged in a manner specified in  paragraph (1) or (2).
“Writing” includes printing or any other method of recording information,  money, coins, tokens, stamps, seals, credit cards, badges, trademarks, access devices, and  other symbols of value, right, privilege, or identification, including retail sales receipts, universal product code (UPC) labels and checks.  This section shall apply without limitation to forged, copied or imitated checks.
As used in this section, “information” includes, but is not limited to, personal identifying information as defined in subsection v. of N.J.S.2C:20-1.
b. Grading of forgery.  Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other instruments, certificates or licenses issued by the government, New Jersey Prescription Blanks as referred to in R.S.45:14-14, or part of an issue of stock, bonds or other instruments representing interest in or claims against any property or enterprise, personal identifying information or an access device. Forgery is a crime of the third degree if the writing is or purports to be a check. Forgery is a crime of the third degree  if the writing is or purports to be 15 or more forged or altered retail sales receipts or universal product code labels.
Otherwise forgery is a crime of the fourth degree.
c. Possession of forgery devices.  A person is guilty of possession of  forgery devices, a crime of the third degree, when with purpose to use, or to aid or permit another to use the same for purposes of forging written instruments, including access devices and personal identifying information, he makes or possesses any device, apparatus, equipment, computer, computer equipment, computer software or article specially designed or adapted to such use.
L.1978, c.95; amended 1981, c.290, s.20; 1996, c.154, s.10; 1997, c.6, s.5; 2001, c.110, s.1; 2002, c.85, s.2.

AKA: NJ Criminal Charge 2C:21-1, Violation 2C:21-1, Offense 2C:21-1

Disclaimer: A copy of this statute has been provided for your information.  This wording was current from the NJ website as of August 2012.

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