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PA House Bill 416

Notary Law Update: PA House Bill 416

State: Pennsylvania

Summary:

The offense of impersonating a Notary in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is now considered a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the person intends to harm, injure or defraud a person. If criminal intent is present, the offense may be considered a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Signed:  March 22, 2010

Effective:  May 21, 2010

Chapter: Act No. 2012-12

Affects:

Amends Section 4913 of the Pennsylvania Statutes

Changes:
  1. Reclassifies the offense of falsely pretending to hold the office of Notary Public as a misdemeanor of the second degree unless the person intended to harm, injure or defraud anyone, in which case the offense is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Analysis:

Previously, the offense of impersonating a Notary Public was classified as a misdemeanor of the first degree, a more serious offense, since it involved intent to defraud, injure or harm another person. House Bill 416 now classifies an offense as misdemeanor of the second degree, a lesser offense, with the option of making it a more serious misdemeanor if criminal intent is present.

Read the bill text.

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