Use or Possession of a Fake ID Lawyer in Belmar

Use or Possession of a Fake ID (N.J.S. 2C: 21-2.1)

Fake Identification (‘ID”) charges can be very serious in Belmar. If you are caught in possession of or in the process of using a fake ID, you can be charged with a disorderly persons offense. A “fake ID” can be a falsified drivers license, birth certificate, or any other falsified government document. Usually, fake ID’s are used to verify age or identity for the purpose of obtaining alcohol and tobacco products. If the person using the fake ID is the only person deriving the benefit of it, then more often than not it will be charged as a disorderly persons offense. You may face harsher penalties if you use your ID to obtain alcohol for other underage drinkers as well as yourself.However, if you tamper with any public record, the penalties can follow those of indictable offenses as 3rd and 4th degree crimes.

If you have been charged with possession of a fake ID in Belmar, call Villani & DeLuca at 732-456-6510 for a free initial consultation.

Using a Fake ID in Belmar this Labor Day Weekend

Getting Caught With a Fake ID In Belmar Will Ruin Your Labor Day

Using a fake ID to buy alcohol or cigarettes is very common during holiday weekends at the Jersey Shore.  While it is understandable that everyone wants to have fun this Labor Day weekend, you will face significant consequences if you are caught using a fake ID in Belmar.  A “fake ID” includes a falsified driver’s license, birth certificate, or any other forged government document.  If you are under the legal age, you may try to use a fake ID to gain entry into a Belmar bar, buy liquor for a party at the liquor store, or even buy a pack of cigarettes at a convenience store.  All of these behaviors will lead to a disorderly persons offense in New Jersey, carrying at least a $500.00 fine, possible jail time and driver’s license suspension.  Even worse, if you are buying alcohol or cigarettes for someone else underage, you could be in more serious trouble.  There are enhanced penalties for physically tampering with or altering any of these government documents, raising the disorderly persons offense up to a third or fourth degree indictable offense.

Increased Patrol for Fake ID this Labor Day Weekend

The Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is on high alert for underage people in possession of alcohol this summer.  The ABC has a Cops in Shops program in which local New Jersey police departments station undercover officers in and around liquor stores to catch underage purchasers and adults who attempt to provide alcohol to underage drinkers.  The ABC has warned that they will be “relentless” in their efforts to combat underage drinking this summer.  Think twice before you use a fake ID in shore towns like Belmar this Labor Day weekend.

Call an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Help

If you have been charged with altering or using a fake ID in Belmar, call the experienced attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. at 732-965-3350 for a free initial consultation.  Villani & DeLuca attorneys have handled many fake ID cases and will take the time to explain your charges and discuss possible defenses.


The Holidays May Lead to Fake ID Charges in Belmar

Leave Your Fake ID at Home on New Years Eve in Belmar

Many young adults home from college for the holidays may find it hard to adapt to strict alcohol laws as they have been in an environment where alcohol is readily available. It is important to remember, however, that it is still illegal to purchase or consume alcohol in New Jersey if you are under the legal drinking age of 21. With Christmas and New Years around the corner, many underage drinkers will attempt to get into Belmar bars or purchase alcohol from a liquor store with a Fake ID, but cops are on full alert and will charge you with a violation.

Penalties for Fake ID in Belmar

If you are caught using a Fake ID, you will face some serious penalties. You will be treated as a disorderly person facing possible jail time, a fine of up to $500.00, probation, community service, other fines and penalties, and you could possibly lose your drivers license for six months. If you do not yet have your driver’s license, receipt may be postponed for six months. It is also possible that you will be charged with a third or fourth degree criminal penalty if you alter a government issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport.  In addition to the Fake ID charge, you could also be written an underage drinking charge that may compound your penalties.

Call Villani & DeLuca if Charged with Fake ID in Belmar

If you have been charged with Fake ID and/or Underage Drinking in Belmar, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys of Villani & DeLuca, P.C. A Villani & DeLuca attorney will take the time to discuss and explain the charges against you and develop of plan to defend against them. Call 732-456-6510 today for a free initial consultation.