Have you been charged with a crime involving a fake ID? Many college and high school students have fake IDs but it is indeed illegal to use it. While many establishments will simply take the ID without pressing charges, if you’re being prosecuted for a crime involving a fake ID it may be worth fighting – or it may be easier and less expensive to simply settle with a plea bargain. At Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre we can help you make the final decision.
Having a fake ID can be a big deal
Many people are shocked to learn that having and using a fake ID can be a felony. Patrick S. Aguiree has been passionately defending people for almost 20 years. As a result, he’s seen plenty of aggressive prosecutors take on these cases and he knows when it’s time to take a plea and when it’s worth it to fight it.
The most common situations in which you should fight your fake ID charge
Though there are more situations than these, following is a list of some of the examples of situations in which it may be worth it to fight a fake ID charge.
- You were using a fake ID that wasn’t yours. If you borrowed a friend’s fake ID, then you may be able to fight the charge and get a more favorable outcome.
- If you were using an ID that you didn’t know was fake, then you may not be responsible for the consequences. For example, if a friend lent you an ID and you believed it was their valid ID, then your case would be very different than if you’d obtained an ID you knew was fake.
- If you weren’t planning to use the fake ID to deceive someone. It’s not necessarily illegal to own a fake ID, but it is illegal to use it to deceive someone. As a result, if you simply owned a fake ID and were caught with it in your possession, it’s up to the prosecution to prove that you not only owned it but were planning to use it to deceive someone.
- If the fake ID was discovered by the police during a search and seizure that wasn’t legal. There are many situations in which a search and seizure isn’t considered legal. If that’s the case, then it’s likely any evidence found during said seizure isn’t legal – including a fake ID. If you’re not sure if the search and seizure your property was put under was legal, contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre right away and we’ll assess your case.
- If your situation calls for a lesser punishment. The courts generally favor defendants who can demonstrate they’re not a high risk to commit an offense a second time. If it’s your first charge, you’re a good student, or you do a lot of volunteer work in the community, then it may be worth arguing for a less defense.
If any of the above situations apply to you, then you may be eligible to have the charges dropped. Today is the day to contact Law Offices of Patrick S. Aguirre at 800-572-1252 for your initial consultation. We can take a look at the facts and help you determine what your options are and advise on the best way to move forward.