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Fake ID Charges in Washington, DC

by | Jun 7, 2011

Washington, DC is often thought of as a college town in addition to being the nation’s capitol.  With many colleges and universities, it should come as no surprise that a lot of students get arrested for trying to get into bars with a fake ID or trying to use a fake ID at a liquor store.  If you are arrested for using a fake ID, the actual charge is misrepresentation of age. This is a misdemeanor in Washington, DC.

As a college student, this is probably the first time you have ever been arrested.  You may have been taken to a district police station, finger printed, booked, and maybe spent some time in a holding cell.  You are probably worried about a criminal record, and having to tell your parents about your arrest.   It is important to realize that your life is not over, and the dream job you had been working towards is not lost.  With the help of a Washington, DC criminal defense attorney who handles Fake ID/misrepresentation of age charges, there is often a lot that can be done to move past this.

One option may for your lawyer to arrange for a post and forfeit where you pay some money and your charges will get dismissed.  You may also be eligible for a community service diversion where you agree to do community service at one of more than 30 non-profits in the District of Columbia in exchange for the charges being dismissed.  There is also the possibility that your attorney can negotiate a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) or a Deferred Sentencing Agreement (DSA).  All of these can result in no convictions on your record.  Always remember that an arrest is not a conviction.