If you're caught using a fake ID, it can result in serious consequences. Whether you are an underage student trying to get into a bar to purchase an alcoholic drink, or using it to give a false impression of your place or residence, it is highly illegal. If you're caught using a fake ID, you will be charged with possessing a fictitious ID and should consult with an experienced Buffalo fake ID lawyer immediately. At the Law Office of Drew Fritsch, we offer free consultations and would be happy to discuss the details of your case and provide guidance on how to protect your rights.
- Each year, many individuals are often arrested for possessing or using fake IDs in order to obtain drinks.
- Possession of a fake ID may be either a violation or a misdemeanor.
- Penalties for possessing and utilizing fake IDs may include having one's driving privilege suspended.
How to deal with police
You may already have experienced the benefits of being courteous in your interactions with police – or you might have experienced the opposite. Police have a great deal of discretionary power when writing tickets or placing individuals under arrest. If an officer pulls a person over for speeding, or stops a person with an open container of alcohol, depending on the context, that person's comportment could mean the difference between a ticket and a warning. If police stop you for something more serious – like driving while intoxicated, shoplifting, or assault – you likely won't get away with a warning. However, it's still imperative that you act respectfully. The way you act in your encounter with police can determine the outcome of your case – for better or worse – when you go to trial.
When Getting Arrested:
- Use a calm, respectful tone. Do not yell, threaten, or be sarcastic.
- Respond to questions promptly and comply with the officer's directions.
- Do not “resist” arrest: do not run, struggle, or try to prevent officers from putting you in handcuffs or placing you in a vehicle.
Remember that the arresting officer will testify at your trial. The officer will mention your comportment – good or bad. Testimony to your disrespectful behavior will make a judge less likely to reduce or drop charges, and could make that judge harsher in sentencing; testimony to your good behavior could contribute to lighter sentencing or reduced charges.
All that said, remember that you do not have to answer any questions. Instead of acting disrespectfully, some people are too forthcoming when under arrest, and end up saying things that incriminate themselves. It will be wise for you to inform an officer respectfully that you do not wish to answer questions, invoking your right to communicate with your lawyer.
Were you or a loved one charged with using a fake ID? Although it may seem harmless, these charges can result in serious penalties if convicted. Don't plead guilty until you know all of your options.
Contact experienced Buffalo Fake ID Lawyer Drew Fritsch to defend your rights and protect your future. We offer free consultations and have achieved positive outcomes for countless clients.