What to do when someone uses your identity during an arrest?

I received a court summons in the mail for an prostitution arrest that I don’t know anything about. Apparently someone used my name during this arrest. I contacted the arresting officer and he was

not helpful at all on what steps to take. I’m not sure what to do other than going to court.

Asked on June 23, 2017 under Criminal Law, South Carolina


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

That is what you do: appear in court, with idenfication and proof of where you live, tell the prosecutor that was *not* you. They may call in the arresting officer to look at you and confirm you were not the correct person. Also bring with you any evidence you may have showing it *couldn't* have been you--e.g. that you were elsewhere on the date the offense allegedly took place.

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