What happens if you were arrested and gave the wrong name and were released from the system under this assumed name?

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What happens if you were arrested and gave the wrong name and were released from the system under this assumed name?

Someone I know was arrested and gave the wrong name, they went through the whole system under this assumed name and was released under this same name with another court date to appear. Should this person go to court under this name?

Asked on June 24, 2009 under Criminal Law, New York

Answers:

M.S., Member, Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Although I do not practice law in the State of New York, the person that you are discussing has put themselves in a quandry.  Providing false information could potentially expose that person to criminal liability.  Therefore, it would be unwise to advise that person to continue to provide false information, thereby increasing his/her criminal liability.  On the other hand, if the person is going to be discovered upon appearing in Court on new charges, then that person will likely have to face new charges for his/her past malfeasance.  Due to the highly delicate nature of this situation, I highly recommend that the individual consult with and/or retain a skilled criminal defense attorney in the interest of resolving this matter, as well as his/her new pending charges, in the most favorable manner possible.


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