Thanks for the additional information, Earl,
You have a couple of issues here. The forgery was clearly a state crime under VA laws, but it is also a Federal crime as it involves forgery of a federal identification card. The quality of the forgery is not an issue in guilt or innocence.
I will presume that you created the card.
Under VA law, the crime is a class 1 misdemeanor
. Pursuant to
§ 18.2-11. Punishment for conviction of misdemeanor.
The authorized punishments for conviction of a misdemeanor are:
(a) For Class 1 misdemeanors, confinement in jail for not more than twelve months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
However, as the card was forged with the intent of changing the name, and not dimply the age of the individual, the prosecutor can bypass charging under 18.2-204.2, and see charges under 18.2-172, and this would make it a class 5 felony, for which the punishment could be:
§ 18.2-10. Punishment for conviction of felony; penalty.
The authorized punishments for conviction of a felony are:
(e) For Class 5 felonies, a term of imprisonment of not less than one year nor more than 10 years, or in the discretion of the jury or the court trying the case without a jury, confinement in jail for not more than 12 months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both.
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