Criminal Charges for Lying to Police
Many fake ID cases in State College stem from an underage drinker being caught and questioned by police, and, probably due to panicking, being under the influence of alcohol, or hoping to avoid criminal charges, the drinker provides a fake name or incorrect date of birth to the officer. Regrettably, this momentary lapse in judgment can result in the filing of misdemeanor criminal charges that subject the person to court imposed penalties, such as fines, probation, jail time, and a criminal record.
The criminal record portion of the punishment is often the most severe sanction because fake ID charges are considered crimen falsi offenses, meaning they are crimes that involve dishonesty. This means that fake ID charges are grouped with offenses such as theft, perjury, and forgery.
False Identification to Law Enforcement
In many situations, when a suspect provides incorrect identifying information but comes "clean" and tells the officer of the deception relatively quickly, the officers are often willing to somewhat overlook the deception and forego the filing of a False Identification to Law Enforcement charge. However, when the person persists in the lie, the officer will file a charge of False Identification to Law Enforcement under section 4914 of the Crimes Code. This charge prohibits a person from providing false information about one's identity after being told by the officer that the person is the subject of an official investigation for a violation of the law. If the police fail to inform the person that he or she is the subject of an official investigation, then the charges should be dismissed, but most experienced officers are aware of their obligations and expressly inform the suspect of the investigatory nature of the questioning. A charge of False Identification to Law Enforcement is a third-degree misdemeanor and thereby punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500.00 fine.
False Reports to Law Enforcement
In some situations, people not only provide incorrect identifying information but provide valid identification information for another person. When a person knowingly gives false information to a police officer with the intent to implicate another person, the police will file a charge of Falsely Incriminating Another under section 4906(a) of the Crimes Code. This charge is generally graded as a misdemeanor of the second degree and is punishable by up to 2 years in jail and a $5,000.00 fine.
Experienced Fake ID Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or someone you know has been charged with False Identification to Law Enforcement, False Reports to Law Enforcement, or other Fake ID related charges, you should contact State College criminal defense lawyer Jason S. Dunkle for a free consultation. Attorney Dunkle has successfully litigated such cases and obtained favorable resolutions for clients charged with these types of offenses.