My name is XXXXX XXXXX I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.Tex. Pen. Code, Section 32.21
defines forgery as altering any writing so that it appears to be the act of someone else who did not authorize it. If you changed the name on a doctor's note, that unfortunately does fall within the definition provided by the statute. Forgery is a Class A misdemeanor
, which means that the maximum punishment is a fine of $4,000 and one year of imprisonment. Section 12.21
. If this is your first offense, and your intent was not to receive any sort of monetary gain, it seems unlikely that you would be facing jail time.
When you go to the hearing on May 16, the judge will explain the charges against you. Then, he'll ask the DA if they have the slightest intention of requesting that you serve jail time. If they say yes, then the judge will appoint a lawyer for you if you cannot afford one. But it is more likely that they would ask you to pay a fine and maybe serve a term of probation. If that's what happens, you wouldn't go to jail as long as you fulfill the terms.
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