Philadelphia’s bouncers, bartenders and servers are always on the alert for fake IDs because restaurants and bars have to pay heavy fines if they serve underage drinkers. Even if your counterfeit Pennsylvania driver’s license looks very real, there is always a chance that you can get caught.
If you are under 21 and allegedly use a fake ID to buy a drink, you face being charged with one of Pennsylvania’s summary offenses.
A skilled defense lawyer can help you or your teenager avoid costly fines.
What You Need To Know About Fake Identification And Misrepresentation of Age
In Pennsylvania, it is illegal:
- To carry a fake ID
- To use a fake ID to buy, or attempt to buy, alcohol
- To tell someone you are 21 or older so they will buy you alcohol
The law defines fake identification as carrying an ID that has false information about your birth date, age and/or name even if the ID does have your own photo on it.
It is also an offense to use or carry someone else’s ID who is 21 or over.
If you are caught with a fake ID, you will have to pay a fine. The police will also notify your parents.
How A Lawyer Will Help
If your child is arrested, you need an attorney who will stand by you every step of the way, work hard to discredit any evidence – and work with you to determine the best course of action.
If a minor’s case is going to be tried in an adult court, whenever possible your attorney will try to have the case moved to a juvenile court.
Pennsylvania Minors Law
Laws for minors are described and defined in The Pennsylvania Code under Title 18, Chapter 63. Read the code here.
Questions? Contact us today.
Based on the evidence, Fienman Defense will try to get juvenile charges dismissed or lowered. Should the case go to a hearing or trial, we will fight to present the strongest defense possible for your situation.