If you have been charged with a fake ID crime, consult with an experienced Prince William County fake ID lawyer right away. Charges for possessing, using or manufacturing fake identification in Virginia can result in some serious trouble and leave you with a criminal record. The penalties for presenting fake identification in order to buy alcohol are even more severe.
The skilled legal advocates at our firm have experience defending clients accused of possessing a fake ID. Our lawyers understand the potential consequences, especially for young people, and can help to resolve your case in a way that has the least negative impact possible given the circumstances.
If you have been charged with a fake ID offense and any other related crimes, an experienced fake ID lawyer in Prince William County can help. Be honest with your attorney about where you obtained the identification, how you used the ID, and the circumstances surrounding your arrest.
Once your lawyer has gathered all the proper evidence, he or she will be able to:
There are no guaranteed outcomes in a criminal proceeding, but securing an experienced Prince William County fake ID lawyer is a great way to ensure that you understand your options and have done all that you can to act in your best interest.
Possessing, using, or distributing false forms of ID are considered a Class 1 misdemeanor under Virginia Code 18.2-204.1, 204.2. The punishment for a Class 1 misdemeanor includes a potential jail sentence of up to twelve months and a potential fine of up to $2,500.
Using a fake ID to purchase alcohol is also a Class 1 misdemeanor offense carrying a maximum jail sentence of one year and and/or $2,500 in fines. In addition to these penalties, you may have your driver’s license revoked for up to 12 months, be fined a minimum of $500, and/or be required to perform a at least 50 hours of community service, under Virginia Code 4.1-305. If you are underage and charged with using a fake ID to obtain alcohol, you may also be charged with minor in possession or other alcohol-related offenses.
False identification crimes include more than simply using a false document to enter a club or obtain alcohol or cigarettes illegally. It is also illegal to possess, alter, make, sell, or distribute a fake ID, or to loan your own ID to a friend to use, or assist a person in any way with obtaining a fake ID. This means that even simply passing along a fake identification card to another person could be a crime.
Fake IDs also include more than altered or fraudulent driver’s licenses. Using any license, birth certificate, social security card, or student ID that is altered or does not belong to you is considered a fraudulent ID crime. Depending on what you use the false documentation for, you may also be charged with other crimes, such as check fraud or identity theft.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has recently implemented a new training program for alcohol vendors that teaches sellers to spot fake IDs from both Virginia and other states. Virginia also began issuing new driver’s licenses in 2009 that have enhanced security features and “laser-engraved polycarbonate,” which helps sellers distinguish between real and false IDs.
No matter what the nature of your false identification charges, a Prince William County Fake ID attorney from our firm can sit down with you and help you to make good decisions. Call our firm to schedule your free initial consultation.
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