Can I be prosecuted for forging someone’s signature on a work-related document?

I worked for a non-profit agency for the department of children and families. I forged a foster parent’s signature on a work document stating that I completed a home visit when I actually did not. I was told that the case is being handled by FL Dept. of Law Enforcement. Can Ibe prosecuted and arrested? Should I speak with a criminal defense attorney?

Asked on September 16, 2010 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Yes, I would contact an attorney on the matter.  Besides the obvious problem of forging a work related document , the standard of care that you will be held to on this type of document and because of what you do, well, I could see it being a very serious problem for you.  A person dealing with children in Foster Care is a responsibility that has to be given has to be held to a high standard of care given what could result if the job is not handled properly.  There are lives at stake.  It is not like forging a check.  Whatever your reason I am sure that it really will not carry much weight against "what could have been."


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