All of these crimes are felonies in Arizona. Felonies are crimes that are punished by time spent in a state prison, usually in excess of one year. Criminal Impersonation and Tampering with a Public Record are both Class 6 Felonies, which are punished by 6 months to 1 1/2 years in jail. Forgery is a much more serious crime, a Class 4 Felony, and is punished by 1 1/2 to 3 years in jail.
You need to wait and see how the charges are filed against your friend. If she just received a ticket with a notice to appear on it, the charges could be filed as a misdemeanor. Normally, for a felony offense, a person is taken into custody. The court will look at the circumstances surrounding your friend case. If this is the first time your friend got caught doing this, the court may look for a probationary sentence, fine and court cost. If the sentence is going to lighter, the way the case is filed, will dictate the options available. You may want to hire an attorney to look at the facts of the case. In doing so, they may be able to find flaws in the State's case, which could persuade them into amending the charges, to a lesser crime and punishment.
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