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FORGERY AND FORGED INSTRUMENT OFFENSES IN OREGON

   ORS 165.007 Forgery in the second degree (Forgery II). (1) A person commits the crime of forgery in the second degree if, with intent to injure or defraud, the person:

   (a) Falsely makes, completes or alters a written instrument; or

   (b) Utters a written instrument which the person knows to be forged.

   (2) Forgery in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §152]

 

   ORS 165.013 Forgery in the first degree (Forgery I). (1) A person commits the crime of forgery in the first degree if the person violates ORS 165.007:

   (a) And the written instrument is or purports to be any of the following:

   (A) Part of an issue of money, securities, postage or revenue stamps, or other valuable instruments issued by a government or governmental agency;

   (B) Part of an issue of stock, bonds or other instruments representing interests in or claims against any property or person;

   (C) A deed, will, codicil, contract or assignment;

   (D) A check for $1,000 or more, a credit card purchase slip for $1,000 or more, or a combination of checks and credit card purchase slips that, in the aggregate, total $1,000 or more, or any other commercial instrument or other document that does or may evidence, create, transfer, alter, terminate or otherwise affect a legal right, interest, obligation or status; or

   (E) A public record; or

   (b) By falsely making, completing or altering, or by uttering, at least 15 retail sales receipts, Universal Product Code labels, EAN-8 labels or EAN-13 labels or a combination of at least 15 retail sales receipts, Universal Product Code labels, EAN-8 labels or EAN-13 labels.

   (2) The value of single check or credit card transactions may be added together under subsection (1)(a)(D) of this section if the transactions were committed:

   (a) Against multiple victims within a 30-day period; or

   (b) Against the same victim within a 180-day period.

   (3) Forgery in the first degree is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §153; 1993 c.680 §25; 2005 c.761 §1]

 

   ORS 165.017 Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree (CPFI II). (1) A person commits the crime of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree if, knowing it to be forged and with intent to utter same, the person possesses a forged instrument.

   (2) Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree is a Class A misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §154]

 

   ORS 165.022 Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree (CPFI I). (1) A person commits the crime of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree if, knowing it to be forged and with intent to utter same, the person possesses a forged instrument of the kind and in the amount specified in ORS 165.013 (1).

   (2) Criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §155; 2005 c.761 §2] 

 

   ORS 165.032 Criminal possession of a forgery device. (1) A person commits the crime of criminal possession of a forgery device if:

   (a) The person makes or possesses with knowledge of its character any plate, die or other device, apparatus, equipment or article specifically designed for use in counterfeiting or otherwise forging written instruments; or

   (b) With intent to use, or to aid or permit another to use, the same for purposes of forgery, the person makes or possesses any device, apparatus, equipment or article capable of or adaptable to such use.

   (2) Criminal possession of a forgery device is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §156]

 

   ORS 165.037 Criminal simulation. (1) A person commits the crime of criminal simulation if:

   (a) With intent to defraud, the person makes or alters any object in such a manner that it appears to have an antiquity, rarity, source or authorship that it does not in fact possess; or

   (b) With knowledge of its true character and with intent to defraud, the person utters or possesses an object so simulated.

   (2) Criminal simulation is a Class A misdemeanor. [1971 c.743 §157]


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TIP:  Forgery charges are generally expungeable if you otherwise qualify.