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I have a legal question. Can an individual in the State of Illinois be charged with forgery by anyone other than the victim of the forgery?
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Hello and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to answer your question.

In fact, you have it backwards. The victim of a crime cannot actually "charge" anyone. They could perhaps file a civil lawsuit for damages, but only the District Attorney's Office has authority to "charge" someone with a crime. All the victim can do is report the crime to the DA. Sometimes the DA will defer to the victim as to whether they would like to see a prosecution, and that will factor into the DA's decision to prosecute, but again, only the DA can actually file charges, and onl the DA could charge someone with forgery.

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