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Misrepresentation of Age

If you have been caught using a fake ID at a Washington, DC bar, night club, or liquor store, and charged with misrepresentation of age, you are probably worried about what this means to your future.

You are probably asking yourself some following questions:

  1. Will I go to jail?
  2. Will I have a criminal record?
  3. What will my parents say?
  4. Do I need to hire a lawyer?
  5. How much will a lawyer cost?
  6. Can the charges just be dismissed?

As a Washington, DC criminal defense attorney who handles fake ID cases, I would like to try and answer some of those questions. First, if you were taken to the police station and held in a holding cell after being booked, that is probably the only “jail” time you will see. Misrepresentation of age in Washington, DC is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of a $300 fine and a 90 day suspension of your driving privileges if convicted.

It is important to remember that an arrest for using a fake ID does mean that you will be convicted and a have a criminal record. There are a lot of things your DC criminal defense attorney can do to help you avoid a conviction for using a fake ID. He may be able to negotiate a community service diversion where you agree to complete a set number of community service hours at one of over 30 approved non-profits in the District and payment of a fine in exchange for all charges being dismissed. There is also the possibility of a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) or a deferred sentencing agreement (DPA), all of which can result in no convictions on your record. Keep in mind that your life is not over, and there is a lot that can be done to allow you to move past this.


If you have been charged with any of these Washington, DC drunk driving offenses or any other DC crime, contact Attorney Christopher J. Mutimer by calling 202-946-5783 or by filling out an online contact form. Credit Cards Accepted


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