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What sort of a note did you forge? For what purpose? Was it a prescription? Have you been contacted by anyone? Do you know whether the note was discovered?
Do you know whether the school picked up the forgery or not?
Thank you. They can turn the matter over to a prosecutor. Whether they will or not for this particular type of forgery is something that can go either way. It is a forgery, so doing what you did was against the law. On the other hand, it was an absence note as opposed to something more egregious such as a prescription.
The school and doctor have both exacted civil penalties for what you've done. They may believe they've made their point without prosecuting you as well. You will be the first to know if they have reported it because you would then be contacted. If/when that happens and, for that matter, because that may happen, it would be a good idea not to discuss what you did with anyone other than the lawyer who you may want to consult with just in case you are charged. Anything you say to anyone else can be used against you if this goes to court.
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I would advise waiting at this point. There's no clear evidence that you are going to be charged with a crime. If it's being addressed civilly rather than criminally, the doctors and the school may feel that the termination is sufficient and they may not wish to proceed further, which is their choice.
If you're going to be charged you will be the first to know. You could be contacted by the sheriff or receive a letter. The longer the time that nothing happens, the better the chances that nothing more will.
If you feel compelled to do anything in the meantime, while you're not directly under the gun, it's a good time to have a consultation or two with a local criminal lawyer. You don't have to retain him or her, since there's nothing for the lawyer to do yet. But by looking now when you have the time, if the state does get involved, you'll have the name of someone already up to date with your case waiting in the wings to step in quickly and protect your rights.
Yes. If you're charged with a crime, you would need to get a criminal attorney. It would be a good idea to start looking for one now when you have the time. YOu wouldn't need to actually retain him yet, but you'd at least have a name and phone number of someone you familiarized with your situation if/when the shoe drops.
I cannot know how long it will take you to arrest you. The prosecutor will look at the reports, evaluate the matter and decide for himself if and when he wants to go forward. But your whereabouts are known and this is a nonviolent crime. The likelihood is that nobody's going to come to your home or workplace and take you into custody. You'd be more likely given an opportunity -- a summomns, citation, phone call from the police or letter -- to arrange to come in voluntarily for booking and would be released.