Possession of a Fake ID
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Athens
A fake ID is almost a rite of passage in American culture. Teenagers all over the country obtain various forms of false identification for the purpose of buying alcohol. While many minors may consider their actions harmless, the reality is that possession of a false ID is illegal and a conviction can result in serious consequences. When faced with charges of possessing a fake ID, minors need a good Athens criminal defense attorney to mount a comprehensive and aggressive case.
Do everything in your power to reduce the severity of a fake ID charge. Call (706) 705-5122 to learn more about your options.
Georgia Fake ID Laws
Georgia law states that, "It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly possess, display, or use any false, fictitious, fraudulent, or altered identification document containing the logo or legal or official seal of a government agency or any colorable imitation thereof in furtherance of a conspiracy or attempt to commit a violation of the criminal laws of this state or of the United States or any of the several states which is punishable by imprisonment for one year or more."
A violation of this crime may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the type of false identification possessed and how it is used. Using a fake ID to gain entry into bars or to purchase alcohol is classified as a misdemeanor. This offense rises to a felony level if the ID is used to gain employment or if the accused is making and selling the identifications to other parties.
- Conviction under a misdemeanor charge can result in up to 12 months in jail
- A felony conviction can result in a maximum penalty of 10 years in state prison
- Convictions can result in a suspension of driving privileges
Penalties & Accompanying Charges
Fake identification charges often stem for other charges, including a minor in possession of alcohol in Athens allegation or a minor in possession of drugs charge. This culmination of offenses necessitates an effective Athens criminal defense as soon as possible after charges are brought.
Along with the potential criminal penalties of a conviction, college students can face additional complications based on a false identification charge. For example, University of Georgia students may have to appear before of a student judiciary, which may result in academic probation or suspension from the university. If the arrest stems from a drug charge and the accused is a recipient of the Hope Scholarship, a conviction could compromise the student's continuous eligibility for the grant.
Mounting A Defense
When defending a false ID charge, your Athens criminal defense attorney can employ various tactics and arguments to establish your innocence or minimize the consequences. If your charges stem from your possession of an older family member's identification, your attorney may argue that you had no intention of using it for an illegal purpose. If the state does secure a conviction, your attorney may negotiate for community service or participation in a diversionary program instead of jail time.
Invest in Your Future: Contact a Defense Lawyer Now
Having any type of criminal conviction on your record can influence your future. With more employers and universities running background checks, there is a strong possibility that the offense may be discovered-thereby limiting your job and educational opportunities.
If you or your child is facing allegations of possessing a false ID in Georgia, J. Lee Webb, an Athens criminal defense attorney, can provide an aggressive defense to help you fight it. As a young adult, you have your entire future ahead of you. Don't sit back and let one mistake keep you from reaching your full potential in life. Call the Law Office of J. Lee Webb today for a professional review of your case.
Being charged with a crime is an intimidating experience. To relieve some of the uncertainty, call (706) 705-5122 and schedule a free consultation with our office today to discuss your case.