Expunging Fake ID Charges

Expunging Fake ID Charges

As technology continues to improve and advance, so do people’s ability to use it. A prime example of this is the ability for people to make false IDs that so strongly resemble real federal identification that many cannot tell the difference. The makers of fake IDs do this because there is a large market for it. People like to obtain and use false identification for a variety of reasons, but no matter how or why you use a fake ID, it is a crime.

In the state of Texas, being caught using or having a fake ID usually results in a person facing one of two charges:

  1. Possession of a Fake ID: under Texas Transportation Code, a person in possession of a fake ID is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. This is punishable by jail time and fines. This charge covers documents that are of a different/altered identity or possessing more than one valid driver’s license.
  2. Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor: under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, a minor that tries to present any document that indicates they are 21 years of age or older is guilty of a class C misdemeanor. This is punishable by fines, community service, and possible license suspension. This is the more common fake ID charge in Texas.

These charges, while both misdemeanors, should not be taken lightly. Even if you are found not guilty and face no punishment, the arrest or charges will still go on your permanent criminal record. This means that they can be seen by employers, admissions counsels, and loan officers for the rest of your life. If you have been living with this charge on your record for a while now, you may have seen the consequences it can have on your life. It could mean the difference between getting a job position, loan, or scholarship for school, or not. Fortunately, there is a way to stop this from happening. Getting these charges expunged from your criminal record will restore your professional reputation and keep employers from seeing the charges at all.

If you are successful in getting a charge expunged, your record is now sealed from the public. This means that your potential employer, or whoever you are trying to impress, will not be able to access it and you are given a blank slate. After expungement, you do not even have to admit that the charges happened unless questioned under oath.

Contact a Dallas Expungement Lawyer

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime associated with a fake ID, consider expunging these charges from your record. At the [firm-name], we realize that everyone makes mistakes in life. You may have been caught making such a mistake, but it does not have to haunt you for the rest of your life. Getting the charges expunged will allow you to get back to living your life, without fear of your criminal record following you around. To learn more about our expungement services, contact our office at [phone-number].

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