PA House Bill 416

Law

State: Pennsylvania
Signed: March 22, 2010

Effective: May 21, 2010
Chapter: Act No. 2012-12

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.

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.

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