Some New Yorkers who find themselves facing charges related to forgery understand very little about this crime and/or didn't realize that they were doing anything illegal. We often associate forgery with things like artwork or perhaps historically-significant documents. Many forgery charges, however, involve far more mundane items.
"Written instruments" such as contracts, wills and prescriptions are commonly-forged items. Under New York law, "written instruments" also includes computer data. However, other items of value can be forged as well.