Teaneck NJ Possession of a Fake ID Defense Attorneys
Juvenile Defense Lawyers in Bergen County, New Jersey
Possession of a Fake ID is a serious charge for any young person which can include a permanent criminal charge on their record and a driver’s license suspension if convicted. As a result, it is imperative you hire an experienced attorney who handles these matters to protect their record and their future.
Travis J. Tormey is an experienced criminal defense and drunk driving (DWI) attorney who represents clients charged with various underage alcohol-related offenses, including underage possession of alcohol, underage DWI, and possession of a fake ID in Teaneck, Fort Lee, and East Rutherford. With offices conveniently located in Hackensack, Mr. Tormey appears in courts throughout northern New Jersey on a daily basis. Mr. Tormey focuses his practice entirely on criminal defense and drunk driving, which has enabled him to perfect his craft in these specific areas of law. In fact, he has been cited as a legal resource by several New Jersey newspapers, including the Daily Record and the Asbury Park Press, as well as AOL News. Contact his office anytime, day or night, at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation.
“When my son was arrested for distribution of marijuana and MDMA, our world was a nightmare and we were scared. When we met Travis he reassured us that my son would be okay. When it came time for court we thought that our son was going to be on probation, or even worse, however, Travis was able to get my sons case dismissed. “Exactly what we wanted!” Thank you Travis for all your help. I would highly recommend the Tormey law firm they were excellent!”
– Former client’s mother
Possession of a Fake ID in New Jersey: N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7
The New Jersey statute which governs possession of a fake ID is known as tampering with public records or information under N.J.S.A. 2C:28-7. The statute provides, in pertinent part:
a. Offense defined. A person commits an offense if he:
(1) Knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, any record, document or thing belonging to, or received or kept by, the government for information or record, or required by law to be kept by others for information of the government;
(2) Makes, presents, offers for filing, or uses any record, document or thing knowing it to be false, and with purpose that it be taken as a genuine part of information or records referred to in paragraph (1); or
(3) Purposely and unlawfully destroys, conceals, removes, mutilates, or otherwise impairs the verity or availability of any such record, document or thing.
b. Grading. An offense under subsection a. is a disorderly persons offense unless the actor’s purpose is to defraud or injure anyone, in which case the offense is a crime of the third degree.
c. A person commits a crime of the fourth degree if he purposely and unlawfully alters, destroys, conceals, removes or disables any camera or other monitoring device including any videotape, film or other medium used to record sound or images that is installed in a patrol vehicle.
Penalties for Possession of a Fake ID in New Jersey
As the above statute states, possession of a fake ID is a disorderly persons criminal offense in New Jersey, resulting in the following penalties:
- Fine: Up to $1,000.00
- Jail: Up to six (6) months in the county jail
- Criminal Record: Permanent Criminal Record (which may be expunged after five (5) years in some cases)
Contact the Bergen County Offices of Tormey Law to Discuss Your Case
As you can see, the penalties for possession of a fake ID in New Jersey are severe. As a young person, it is imperative that you avoid a permanent criminal charge on your record. If convicted, this offense will appear on a background check, which can affect your future employment and educational opportunities. You need to speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who understands this area of the law and who knows how to fight these charges. Contact Mr. Tormey anytime at (201)-330-4979 for a free consultation.