I'm wondering if a defendant was to take the ownership papers of a $125,000 yacht and shredded them, would it still be considered forgery since it is altering the document?
Is shredding a Document included in Forgery?
You don't give a jurisdiction, so for england-and-wales: NO
s.1 of Forgery and counterfeiting Act 1981 defines forgery as:
A person is guilty of forgery if he makes a false instrument, with the intention that he or another shall use it to induce somebody to accept it as genuine, and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or any other person’s prejudice