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Illinois Criminal Code of 1961

Article 17: Forgery Crimes in Illinois

This section of Illinois law discusses the crime of forgery. More complex than simply writing the signature of another person, forgery can take many forms. There are several situations in which a defendant might find himself charged with forgery. Any person who makes a false document, delivers a document he or she knows to be false, or even possesses a document he or she knows to be altered can face prosecution. Upon first offense, forgery is a Class 3 Felony.

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The text below comes from Article 17 of the Illinois Criminal Code of 1961. This law may have changed -- please read the important legal disclaimer at the bottom of this page.

Illinois Criminal Code of 1961 - Article 17

Sec. 17-3. Forgery.
    (720 ILCS 5/17-3)

(a) A person commits forgery when, with intent to defraud, he knowingly:

(1) makes or alters any document apparently capable of defrauding another in such manner that it purports to have been made by another or at another time, or with different provisions, or by authority of one who did not give such authority; or

(2) issues or delivers such document knowing it to have been thus made or altered; or

(3) possesses, with intent to issue or deliver, any such document knowing it to have been thus made or altered; or

(4) unlawfully uses the digital signature, as defined in the Financial Institutions Electronic Documents and Digital Signature Act, of another; or

(5) unlawfully uses the signature device of another to create an electronic signature of that other person, as those terms are defined in the Electronic Commerce Security Act.

(b) An intent to defraud means an intention to cause another to assume, create, transfer, alter or terminate any right, obligation or power with reference to any person or property. As used in this Section, "document" includes, but is not limited to, any document, representation, or image produced manually, electronically, or by computer.

(c) A document apparently capable of defrauding another includes, but is not limited to, one by which any right, obligation or power with reference to any person or property may be created, transferred, altered or terminated. A document includes any record or electronic record as those terms are defined in the Electronic Commerce Security Act.

(d) Sentence.

Forgery is a Class 3 felony. (Source: P.A. 94-458, eff. 8-4-05.)

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