Fake ID Defense Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL
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Did you know that in Florida you can be charged with a third degree felony for using a fake ID? In Florida, a third degree felony carries a maximum punishment of up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000.00 fine. Florida Statutes § 322.212 defines the unauthorized possession of, and other unlawful acts in relation to, driver’s licenses or identification cards. It is a serious crime; don't take your charges lightly.
Contact our Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Kate Mesic, P.A. today.
Who Does this Charge Effect?
This situation comes up with a lot of high school or college students that are under 21 and are trying to get into a club or a bar. It is rare that someone will get arrested for a Florida fake ID charge, but it does happen. It is a criminal offense to possess someone else’s ID car or driver license, even if not altered.
Nothing good can come out of it since it can lead to:
- Academic probation
- Exclusion from campus events
- Removal from athletic teams
College students may not realize that in addition to criminal prosecution, they will also face college student disciplinary hearings. This can take place even if the incident took place off campus. Another possibility is a trespass charge or another misdemeanor offense, but in reality, the person could be charged with a 3rd-degree felony. Remember it is the State Attorney’s Office that makes the filing decision and they could still be charged as a felony.
Recent Fake ID Case Handled by Attorney Kate Mesic
Our firm recently defended a Florida fake ID case where a high school student was involved. The only reason our client got a Notice to Appear (NTA) was because the owner of the bar insisted that officers give him “something.” Please understand that although an arrest is rare it does not minimize the possibility of your child facing a felony for something as stupid as using a fake ID.
Most of the time, the bartender or a bouncer will take the fake ID from the person and destroy it. In this case, someone will go to jail or get an NTA if the owner insists on it or the person refuses to leave or causes a scene in the bar/club.
In this case, we were able to get the charge dismissed completely, allowing my client to go on to college without a blemish on his record.
What Can Be Done?
Our office has a lot of experience in handling these cases. We will seek to dismiss the charge or enter the client into the pre-trial diversion program. Our Jacksonville fake ID attorneys will explore every defense and negotiate with the prosecutor to reach the best possible outcome.
When it is clear that the case will not be dismissed, the second best option is pre-trial diversion program. This program is basically a contract with the State Attorney’s Office, which, if completed will result in the case being dismissed.
Once the case has been dropped, we will help the client get an expungement so there is no criminal record. Remember most people who are charged with this offense are very young and have a lot to lose by having a criminal record.
Related Florida Criminal Offenses
- If you lend your driver's license or state-issued identification card to a friend, you can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Please understand that both people involved may have their driver licenses suspended for one year by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The applicable statutes are 322.051, 322.32, 322.27.
- If you use someone’s identification card or driver license, you can be facing a second degree misdemeanor crime in Florida. Remember a second-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail. The Department of Motor Vehicles can also suspend your license for 1 year.
- A more serious offense is if you use a fake or false driver’s license or identification card to identify yourself to a police officer. A first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in jail and $1000 fine. Identifying yourself to an officer with some else identification may also be charged as Resisting Arrest without Violence. This is also a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to $1,000 fine. The applicable Florida Statutes are 843.02 and 901.36.
If you or your child has been charged with any of the above crimes, take them seriously. Call the Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Kate Mesic for a free initial consultation.