My 18 year old daughter was arrested today and charged with 3 Felony counts of Forgery for forging absent notes to the school. Is this legal?
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So she was arrested for forging notes from a parent? What state are you in? Also, what do you mean "is this legal" Is what Legal?
notes from a medical office, missouri, missouri law states that Forgery must defraud someone, how is this defrauding?
Well, it is defrauding because she signed someone else's name and wanted the school to believe it was from the person. That is defrauding. Lying to make gain or swindle
The gain her is she was trying to get away without being in school and was lying and cheating to avoid punishment. That is defrauding
I'm confused??? What did she gain??
She was trying to gain an avoidance of punishment
the school punished her for this when it happened backin October
Alright. And so now she is charged with the forgery because she signed someone else's name. That is a crime.
I can pull the statute for you, if you would like to read it.
no thanks I already read it, What about her being the only kid in a school of over 1,000 to have this done to her
Well, that can be part of her defense
they waited until 2 weeks left before she graduates, and now it looks like they won't let her graduate
to file the charges
Ok. Well, now that would be a civil issue. And you will want a local attorney who can argue against it unless there is policy that says anyone with a Felony charge cannot graduate.
I mean, you are innocent until proved guilty in the US of America
not at this schhol
So, I would suggest, that is a violation of her right to a public education.
So, are they not going to let her graduate or are they not going to let her participate in the ceremony?
Alright. Well I don't know how they cannot let her have a diploma. And that is what you will want a local civil attorney for
Unless they are saying she needs to take classes over Did she pass everything? She has all her credits?
today and tomorrow are final tests and they arrested her a school this morning and she is in jail with Bond set at $10,000, she will miss all of her finals
Oh my goodness
Can you post the 10% of the bond? That would be $1000.00
That would shake them up. She's out and takes her finals, passes. In the meantime you get a local civil attorney
I know of at least 4 other kids that have done the same thing. 15% here and I don't have that kinda cash
who says "we will sue" because she is only charged, not convicted
I thought about contacting the ACLU for help
ACLU is usually pretty swamped. But can you get it on your local news
And then it could go to National news, maybe if you make enough noise
Then you might find a pro bono attorney or the ACLU may chime in
ok, the media was my next step
Yes. This is real a little out of hand.
It sounds as if a complete scheme to keep her from graduating
And not even in the interest of Justice
That's exactly what her mother and I think
There is no conviction
any other advice you can give me?
Try to get her bond lowered.
It's not like she is a flight risk. I am curious as to why they set the bond and set it so high?
can't do the until she sees the judge on Monday
No bail review tomorrow - Friday?
I think because it was 3 Felony counts for 3 different notes
Bond cannot be excessive, you know. Must be in accordance with what a person can afford, as long as they are not a threat to others or self and not a flight risk
They are really trying to send a message.
Set an example
and that is what I suggest you go to the media with
she will probably lose her job too, because she was supposed to work the next 4 days
No conviction. What happened to innocent until proved otherwise and also that the bond is so high
And that they are trying to make an example of her
I am sorry she is in this position.
thanks for your help, anything else we should do?
I wish there was more.
Keep the pressure on about being made an example. Not in the interest of justice.
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will do, thanks again
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