Using a fake ID card may be tempting, particularly for underage individuals who are trying to purchase alcohol. While using a fake ID card may seem like a rather trivial offense, the reality is that using a fake ID card can result in criminal penalties and a black mark on your criminal record. If you have been charged with using a fake ID card, working with a skilled criminal defense attorney may improve the outcome of your case. To learn more, reach out to The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski directly today.
What the Prosecution Has to Prove in a Fake ID Case
In any criminal case in Massachusetts, the prosecution has the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In a case involving charges of a defendant using a fake ID, the prosecution must establish the following:
- The defendant transferred, altered, or defaced an ID card; or
- The defendant made, used, sold, carried, or distributed a false ID card; or
- The defendant furnished false information in obtaining an ID card.
Penalties for Using a Fake ID in Massachusetts
As stated above, using a fake ID in Massachusetts can lead to a mark on your criminal record and, potentially, harm to your future and future opportunities. According to Massachusetts code, the penalty for using a fake ID is imprisonment of up to three months or a fine of up to $200. In addition, you may have your license suspended for up to one year if you are convicted.
It’s important to remember that as a young person who is charged with using a fake ID, your future may also be on the line. Being charged with a fake ID crime as a young person may result in penalties at school or college, including being removed from school teams, being placed on probation at school, or even being denied admittance to a college.
Are There Any Defenses to Fake ID Charges in Massachusetts?
Defending yourself against fake ID charges can be very difficult in Massachusetts, particularly without legal support. In order to secure a conviction of not guilty, you’ll have to be able to disprove the prosecution’s arguments. You may also be able to have charges against you dropped if you are able to prove that your rights were somehow violated throughout the criminal process; for example, if the evidence against you was unlawfully obtained.
How an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help
At The Law Offices of Paul R. Moraski, our experienced criminal defense attorney knows what’s on the line for you when you’ve been charged with using a fake ID. The best thing that you can do when you’re facing charges is to consult with an attorney who understands the law and the defense options available. To schedule a consultation with our attorney, call (978) 397-0011 or send our law firm a message online telling us more about your case.