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Uttering a Forged Instrument in Florida is committed when a person utters and publishes as true, a forged or altered record, deed, instrument, or other writing with the intent to injury or defraud another.

Penalties for an Uttering a Forged Instrument Charge

In Florida, Uttering a Forged Instrument is classified as a third degree felony punishable by up to:
  1. Five years in state prison;
  2. Five years of supervised probation;
  3. A $5,000 fine

Defenses to an Uttering a Forged Instrument Charge

In addition to factual defenses that would be raised at trial to show reasonable doubt as to the crime alleged, some common defenses to an Uttering a Forged Instrument charge in Florida include:

You did not know the instrument was forged, altered, false, or counterfeited
Florida law specifically requires that you must have known the instrument to be false in order to have committed the crime of Uttering a Forged Instrument in Florida. If you did not have such knowledge, you may have a viable defense to the crime of Uttering a Forged Instrument in Florida.

Contact Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Kaigle if you’ve been charged with Uttering a Forged Instrument in Florida!
(407) 545-6416