What can I expect for a first offense check forgery charge?
Depending on the amount of the check that was forged the state statute may be a felony (which exposes you to jail time in excess of 1 year) or a misdemeanor (which exposes you to jail time up to a year). In most states, first time offenders may qualify for programs whereby they can take diversion classes or perform community service and have the charges dismissed. However, not all crimes qualify for this diversionary program. Therefore, you need to hire a lawyer to look up the statute that you are charged with an find out whether you may qualify for the program and what the alternatives are. Make sure you hire a lawyer or get a public defender for this charge.