Q: Forgery of government documents, statute 32.21 e-2. Prison time?
My son’s grandma (not my mom) was recently arrested for “forgery of a financial instrument >2500<30k, ENH IAT.” It was some sort of government document but I can’t see what exactly it was. It’s listed as a third degree felony on her arraignment public record. She has 5 prior misdemeanors and 6 prior felonies, all theft related. She’s done prison time (about 20 years ago) and has also been on probation in the past. She’s had 3 pretty recent theft charges ($50-500) and violated her probation but always seems to get off with a slap on the wrist. I do not communicate with the grandmother so this is all the information I have. Given her history, I’m wondering if she will be sent to prison and if so, for how long? My son is close with her, unfortunately, so I’d like to know if he is going to lose her to prison.
A: Your son's grandma should hire a criminal defense attorney to review her case to determine the best possible outcome as she could be enhanced, meaning given a heavier sentence, if she is a repeat or habitual offender (two prior TDC trips). Under the scenario you provided, it is possible for her to receive prison time, but her criminal defense attorney may be able to obtain a favorable outcome depending on the facts and circumstances of her case.
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