If I tried to use a fakeID to purchase alcohol what is the punishment?

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If I tried to use a fakeID to purchase alcohol what is the punishment?

And I am 18 years old but the police officer still told my parents what I was accused of. Can I do something about that?

Asked on June 25, 2011 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

A charge for possession of a fake ID is considered a disorderly person's offense and is a criminal offense. It can lead to a permanent criminal charge on a criminal history record if there is a conviction Furthermore, it constitutes a disorderly persons offense punishable by, among other thing,s up to 6 months in jail. Typically, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can negotiate a reduction of this charge to a violation of a municipal ordinance, which only results in a fine and does not constitute a criminal offense. However it will depend on any prior record, the circumstances of the charge (i.e. were you cooperative with the authorities), and the evidence the state possesses against you.

Pleading guilty to a disorderly persons offense will result in a criminal record although it can be "expunged" (taken off your record) after 5 years. On the other hand, a municipal violation is not a criminal matter and can be taken of your record within 2 years.

At this point my advice is that you should focus on the above and not the fact that your parents have gotten involved. The fact is that having their support (financial and emotional) is probably to your benefit.


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