There surely have been times when we had some urgent business to take care of which we knew wouldn’t have been approved by the bosses or principals in normal circumstances. So of course using a forged note that perhaps said something like- ‘sick, please give the aforementioned leave of (specific number) of days’. But using fake doctor’s notes to get out of cumbersome situations is actually an alarmingly common phenomenon nowadays. Most of these fake doctors note users are actually unaware of its consequences and the fact that there are serious risks and consequences for doing it. In fact, there are laws against such fake doctor notes. Here are the consequences of using forged notes:
If it is discovered that a student has engaged in such an illegal activity to get out of school, then he or she will be in a legally dire situation. But a student will have less risk to bear than any other person in any professional institution since the common maximum result will be detention, suspension or perhaps a call or letter to the Guardian in question. It could also be a combination of any of the three. While these consequences are for students until high school; college students will have a lot more to lose. They might get suspended, lose projects, teaching positions or even expelled from the college or university because of this. For lighter sentences, they might lose their hostel or in-university boarding facilities.
In the case of employees, the consequences are much dire and there is a very real possibility that they might get fired from the job on the spot. But he/she can be let go with a fine or with a strict punishment as well as a warning. But the punishment imposed varies among organizations and their policies concerning it.
Forgery is classified as a Class C Felony which can lead to 3-10 years in jail in all the 50 states of the United States. Apart from the collateral consequences that the person in question will face, the school or institutions honor code will also come into question and play. Here’s what is done to secure convictions by attorneys:
Many have speculated the reason for such widespread use of forgery and some believe that it is because of an HR policy which focuses on attendance. This policy is based on a point system regarding the total number of unexcused days that an employee can undertake. If a person takes more unexcused leaves than the stipulated maximum limit then the employee can lose their job. The apparent solution for people in these cases stands to be- fake doctor notes taken straight from the internet templates and shady sites.
Unless and until a boss has a sharp eye and is experienced in these matters, the notes do skip the first preliminary inspection which happens during the handing over of the note. But there are some tricks to prevent it:
Overall; before taking such a step, employees should ponder about the fact that they are essentially duping their employers and also setting a bad precedent for their juniors and kids. It will benefit them if they think whether facing a probable jail term or getting terminated from a job is really worth taking that one left.