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Seaside Heights NJ Fake ID Defense Lawyers

The party atmosphere created at the Jersey Shore definitely exacerbates use of forged, fraudulent and fake identification ("ID"), especially out-of-state driver's licenses, in Ocean County. The situation is particularly ripe in municipalities where popular bars and clubs are located like Seaside Heights, Point Pleasant Beach, Toms River, Brick and Long Beach. If you were arrested for attempting to use a fake driver's license to purchase alcohol or to gain admission into a club, do not underestimate the severity of  the charge you are facing. A conviction for possession of a fake ID will result in a criminal record that will unquestionably effect your future. The lawyers at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall can help you avoid this outcome with over 100 years of combined experience handling fake ID cases. Our attorneys know the court system intimately as former prosecutors in more than 15 municipalities in the county. An attorney on our staff is prepared to do whatever is necessary to escape a conviction. Contact our Toms River Office at (732) 286-6500 to speak to a lawyer in a free initial consultation.

Possession or Use of a Fake ID

N.J.S.A. 2C:21-2.1 makes it a third degree crime to knowingly exhibit, display or present a driver' s license, birth certificate, or other governmental document that is forged, fraudulent or otherwise falsely represents a person's identity or age. There are five (5) elements that must be proven by the prosecutor in order to convict someone for using or attempting to use a fake id.  First, the document must have been a driver's license or other document issued by a governmental agency. Second, the item presented must be a forgery or fake. Third, the form of document must be one typically used to verify identity, age or other personal information. Fourth, the accused must have exhibited, presented or displayed the document. Fifth, the accused must have known that the driver's license or other document was fake. Please note, however, that an exception is created under 2C:21-2.1 for those who use a fraudulent/fake identification in order to obtain alcoholic beverages underage.

There are two additional charges that may be filed by police. N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7 bars tampering with public records. It is a disorderly persons offense to falsify or use a government document that is forged, false or fraudulent. N.J.S.A. 33:1-81 prohibits misrepresenting age for the purpose of purchasing alcohol or obtaining admission to an establishment that serves alcohol. A conviction for either of these offenses results in a fine of at least $500 and as much as $1,000 and up to 6 months in jail. There is also a 6 month driver's license suspension that may be imposed by the sentencing judge. A collateral consequence of a plea or finding of guilt is a criminal record that will follow you around for years.

Point Pleasant Beach Fake ID Lawyers

Point Pleasant and Seaside Heights are certainly the biggest players in Ocean County when it comes to fake ID offenses. Nonetheless, municipalities such as Jackson, Manchester, Lacey, Stafford or Barnegat also have many false ID cases filed annually. The lawyers at our firm, Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall, witness these statistics first hand as members of a firm that appear daily in municipal courts throughout Ocean County. We know how to achieve the result you want and the most painless strategy to secure this outcome. To speak to an attorney on our defense team about what we can do to help you successfully defend your fake ID charge, call (732) 286-6500. Lawyers at Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall are available immediately to assist you 24/7.

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