Misrepresentation of Age

Misrepresentation of Age in Washington D.C.

Has Your Child Been Arrested Using a Fake ID?

Whether your child is in high school or college, he/she may be tempted to get a fake ID in order to purchase alcohol for other underage friends or enter bars and clubs to hang out with an older crowd. While many teenagers have fake IDs to enjoy the spoils of being over 21 years of age without waiting years, misrepresentation of age is a criminal offense, potentially punishable by fines, license suspension, and a criminal record.

If your child has been arrested for this crime, our Washington D.C. criminal defense lawyers at Hunter & Johnson, PLLC can help your son/daughter either avoid conviction or reduce the charges/penalties they face. From getting your case dismissed altogether to negotiating a diversion agreement, there are several legal options available to juvenile offenders and young adults who have been charged with misrepresentation of age.

District of Columbia Laws & Penalties for Misrepresentation of Age

Whether your present a fake ID or verbally declare a fake age, falsely representing yourself in order to buy, carry, or drink an alcoholic beverage or attempting to enter an ABC establishment is considered misrepresentation of age. An ABC establishment is one which serves or sells alcohol, such as a liquor store, bar, or nightclub.

It is not uncommon for law enforcement to go undercover and monitor a line outside an ABC establishment and identify individuals who appear to be underage. This effort is often in coordination with bouncers and other staff members of the venue, so upon presenting a fake ID, the police can make an arrest right then and there.

Penalties for misrepresentation of age include:

  • First offense – Punishable by a maximum $300 fine and driver’s license suspension for up to 90 days
  • Second offense – Punishable by a maximum $600 fine and driver’s license suspension for up to 190 days
  • Third and subsequent offense – Punishable by a maximum $1,000 fine and driver’s license suspension for up to one year

If avoiding a guilty verdict is out of the question, first- and second-time offenders may be eligible to enter a diversion program. In return for pleading guilty, defendants will have their charges dropped upon completing the program. The program often entails 16 or more hours of community service and up to $200 in fines.

Call (202) 759-7929 to Discuss Your Case with Our Washington D.C. Criminal Defense Lawyers

When your child has a permanent criminal record, it can be difficult for him/her to get a job, apply for college, find housing, and take advantage of other opportunities in life. If you hire our legal team, we provide your child with a great chance to avoid getting a conviction and help him/her get back on the right track.

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