Fake ID Defense Attorneys
Trusted fake ID lawyers serving Fairfax, VA and surrounding areas
Fake IDs are used as a joke or a plot device in nearly every movie or television show involving college students. In reality, using a fake ID may lead to serious criminal charges. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, fake IDs are not considered to be a “frivolous” issue or a “minor” offense. The maximum punishment for using or distributing false forms of identification is 12 months in prison and a $2,500 financial penalty.
At Leary Law, our top-rated fake ID defense lawyers have extensive experience protecting the rights of clients who are facing a wide range of different offenses involving allegations that they improperly used official documents or identification. We will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and your future. If you or your child was charged with using, procuring, or distributing a fake ID in Northern Virginia, please contact us today for a strictly private initial consultation.
Understanding Fake ID Charges in Virginia
Under Virginia law (Code of Virginia § 18.2-204.1), most fake ID-related offenses are charged as Class 1 misdemeanor offenses. The implications of this are important — a conviction for possessing or using a fake ID in Virginia is punishable by up to twelve months in prison and a $2,500 fine. A defendant may face very serious fake ID charges even if they are only doing something relatively simple like attempting to purchase alcohol or get into a club or a bar despite being under the age of 21.
It should be noted that, in Virginia, it is also a crime to loan out an ID to another person or to help a person obtain a fake ID. As an example, if a 23-year-old lets his 19-year-old brother use his Virginia driver’s license to buy alcohol, both individuals could potentially be charged with class 1 misdemeanor fake ID offenses. If you or your loved one was arrested for a fake ID charge, you need a lawyer right away.
Why Choose the Fake ID Defense Attorneys at Leary Law
Being charged with a fake ID or any related offense is a serious issue. If you or your child was arrested for possessing, using, or distributing false official identification, it is imperative that you consult with a professional defense attorney. At Leary Law, our top-rated Fairfax, VA fake ID defense lawyers will:
- Carefully review the criminal charges
- Answer your most pressing questions and concerns
- Investigate the case and obtain meaningful evidence
- Craft and pursue the most sensible defense strategy
With fake ID offenses, it is generally best to focus on preventing the charges from having any adverse impact on the defendant’s future. We want to make sure that you or your child stays out of prison and faces no long-term adverse effects. In many fake ID cases, there are solutions available that will effectively protect our clients from the potentially severe consequences of a fake ID conviction. Let our legal team help you find the answers and get results.
Contact Our Virginia Fake ID Defense Lawyer Today
At Leary Law, our criminal defense attorneys have the skills and experience needed to help people facing fake ID charges. If you or your child was arrested and charged with any offense related to a fake ID, we are available to help. To schedule a strictly confidential consultation, please call us now. We have law offices in Fairfax and Manassas and we represent defendants throughout communities in Northern Virginia, including in Prince William County, Fairfax County, and Loudoun County.