Fake ID Charges / Misrepresentation of Age
Misrepresentation of age at a DC bar, nightclub, or liquor store can result in arrest, fake ID charges, and a criminal record if convicted.
Facing a Fake ID Charge in DC
If you have been caught using a fake ID at a Washington, DC, bar or nightclub or have tried to purchase alcohol with a fake identification, you may be worried about what this means to your future.
You are probably asking yourself some of the following questions:
- Will I go to jail?
- Will I have a criminal record?
- What will my parents say?
- Do I need to hire a lawyer?
- How much will a lawyer cost?
- Can the charges just be dismissed?
We would like to try to answer some of these questions. Our legal team at Scrofano Law, PC, has handled numerous fake ID cases. With a competent legal defense from our Washington, DC, criminal defense attorney, Christopher J. Mutimer, your chances of reaching the most favorable results are significant.
What Is Considered Misrepresentation of Age in DC?
Under DC Code § 25-1002, it’s illegal for a person under 21 to misrepresent your age, have in your possession a fake ID, or present false identification proof to buy, possess, or drink alcohol in the District of Columbia. An individual who violates this law can be subject to either civil or criminal penalties. 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.
For a second criminal conviction, the potential penalty includes up to a $600 fine and a 180-day suspension of driving privileges, while a third fake ID conviction can result in up to a $1,000 fine and a one-year driver’s license suspension. Although this misdemeanor doesn’t include jail time, failure to pay a fine after being convicted can result in up to 30 days of jail time.
How Can a Criminal Defense Lawyer Help if You Get Arrested for a Fake ID?
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. It is important to remember that an arrest for using a fake ID does mean that you will be convicted and have a criminal record. There are a lot of things your experienced criminal defense attorney in DC can do to help you avoid a conviction for using a fake ID.
An attorney may be able to negotiate a diversion program 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, 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.
Reach out to Scrofano Law, PC for Help
Fake IDs are often obtained by college or high school students to gain entry to nightclubs with age restrictions or to buy alcohol. While it may be tempting and easy to get a fake driver’s license, being in possession of a fake identification card is against the law.
If you are facing fake ID charges, Scrofano Law, PC can help. We are passionate about getting a favorable result in every case we handle. Moreover, we like to work relentlessly until a case reaches a positive resolution. Contact us today so we can discuss the circumstances of your case.
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