State Rep. Kelvin Lawrence (D-Hayneville) was arrested on Tuesday on two felony charges, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall.

Lawrence, 50, a resident of Lowndes County, was charged with forgery in the second degree and with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree. The indictment alleges that Lawrence, with the intent to defraud, falsely made, completed, or altered a builder's license. Both forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument are Class C felonies punishable by one year and one day to 10 years in prison.  

The case is being prosecuted by the AG's special prosecutions division. No further information about the investigation or about Lawrence's alleged crimes may be released at this time, according to the Attorney General's Office.

House Speaker Nathaniel Ledbetter (R-Rainsville) said in a statement on Tuesday, “I expect members of the Alabama House of Representatives to hold themselves to the highest standard of integrity in both their personal and professional lives."

"Rep. Kelvin Lawrence’s indictment presents an unfortunate situation for his constituents and colleagues alike. I have full confidence in our justice system’s ability to assess the facts of this case and determine an appropriate course of action," Ledbetter said.

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