Possession of a Fake I.D.

New York City is world renowned for its nightlife and bars. As the largest city in America, New York also is home to a large number of young people trying to partake in after-hours activities before they turn 21. The ease with which young people are able to use, buy, or attain a fake I.D. can be very enticing for a minor. New York is very aware of this fact and law enforcement is on high alert for those using fake I.Ds.

No matter the circumstances, the penalties for possessing a fake I.D. in New York can be severe and could even include jail time.  Depending on the circumstances, a person with a fake I.D. may even face felony charges. If you or someone you know was charged with possessing a fake I.D., it’s crucial that you obtain legal representation.

Fake I.D. Attorneys in Queens, New York

In movies and on TV, actors playing kids get away with using fake I.D.s all the time. In real life, however, the legal system is very harsh to those who are convicted for using a fake I.D. The penalties for using a fake I.D. can result in misdemeanor or felony charges.

Have you recently been charged with possessing a fake I.D. in New York City? Are you unsure what your next step should be? Exercise your right to remain silent and protect yourself with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The attorneys at Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner are skilled at defending those accused of possessing a fake I.D.

Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner is knowledgeable in all types of forgery offenses under New York law. The attorneys at [firm] have years of experience formulating defenses for those charged with possessing a fake I.D. Firm founder, Rochelle S. Berliner, has nearly three decades of criminal law practice. She has spent 14 years of those years practicing at the District Attorney's Office, so she knows how to think like a prosecutor.

Make a plan for your charges today. The attorneys at Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner practice law throughout the boroughs of New York City including Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

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Overview for Fake I.D. Charges in New York


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Penalties for Fake I.D. Offenses in Queens, New York

What consequences you could face for possessing and using a fake I.D. in New York depend on the circumstances of the offense. If an offender uses another person's I.D. to impersonate that person, such as using an older sibling’s I.D. or a stolen I.D. of someone that looks similar, the offender can be charged with Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree.

If a person impersonates another by using their I.D., he or she will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The penalties for a Class A misdemeanor include:

  • A possible fine up to $1,000; and
  • Possible jail time of up to one year.

If, instead, the offender has a fake I.D. specifically made for them, then they may be charged with Forgery in the Second Degree. A forgery in the Second Degree charge is a Class D felony which is punishable by:

  • A possible fine determined by the court; and
  • Possible prison sentence of up to seven years.

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New York Statute of Limitations for Fake I.D. Charges

Prosecutors have a deadline when filing charges called a statute of limitations. Every crime has a statute of limitations that details the amount of time the District Attorney’s Office has to file formal charges. The time limit for the prosecution does not begin until the crime is discovered or should have been discovered.

New York law classifies the statute of limitations based on the level of offense for the crime. Any individual who uses another's I.D. to deceive another may be charged with a misdemeanor. The statute of limitations for a misdemeanor is two years in New York.

An alleged offender, who has been charged with Forgery in the Second Degree may be charged with a Class D felony. The statute of limitations for a Class D felony is five years in New York.


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Additional Resources


New York Forgery Laws – Visit the official website for New York laws and rules. See the specifics, penalties, and possible admissible defenses regarding forgery laws in New York. Find the different definitions for various forgery laws, and how New York classifies the penalities for those who possess a fake I.D.

Criminal Impersonation Laws – Visit the official website for the New York State Senate. Read more regarding criminal impersonation crimes, and the specifics that the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt. See how using another person's I.D. can land you with possible misdemeanor charges and what their corresponding penalties are.

Governor Cuomo Warns about False I.D.'s – See a warning from Governor Cuomo on the official website for the New York State. Read more regarding how a conviction for possessing fake I.D. can affect your college career and the possible dangers of identity theft.  


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New York Lawyer for Fake I.D.s in Queens

Possessing or using a fake I.D. can result in large fines and even possible incarceration. It is important that you are prepared for what may come next. Don’t hesitate when it comes to your civil rights. Contact the seasoned criminal defense attorneys at Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner All Rights Reserved. Lawyer Website Design by Internet LAVA. | Site Map