Giving False Identification
If you are questioned by the police or arrested, you might be tempted to give the officers a fake name instead of your own. But if you actually do give them false identifying information, you can be charged with false identification to law enforcement authorities and you will risk years in prison and heavy fines.
Lying to the police about your identity will make them angry and it can cause you to be treated unfairly. You will need a criminal defense attorney who can stand up for your rights and provide you with a strong and effective defense.
What You Need To Know About False Identification To Law Enforcement Authorities
In Pennsylvania, if you give law enforcement authorities false identity information after you are told you are a subject of an official investigation for violating a law, you may be charged with false identification to law enforcement authorities.
The police you are dealing with should either be in uniform or should inform you they are law enforcement officers.
False identification to law enforcement authorities is a misdemeanor of the third degree, punishable by up to one year in prison and up to $2,500 in fines.
What Your Lawyer Can Do
Your attorney will carefully review every aspect of your case to determine if there is evidence for all you have been accused of.
- Your lawyer will make every effort to discredit any evidence not in your favor.
- Much of what your lawyer can do to help you will depend on the exact circumstances of your case.
- The police you dealt with may not have been in uniform or may not have told you they were police. If so, your lawyer will gather the evidence or witnesses to prove it.
Your lawyer will be looking at every avenue that can help you, so it’s important that you give them all of the information that can support your case.
How A Lawyer Will Help
When you are up against a false identification to law enforcement authorities charge, even before your first hearing you will be facing a determined prosecutor. 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 your best course of action.
Pennsylvania False Identification To Law Enforcement Authorities Law
False identification to law enforcement authorities is described and defined under The Pennsylvania Criminal Code under Title 18, Chapter 49. Read the code here.
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Based on the evidence, Fienman Defense will try to show that the charges should be dismissed. If it’s in your best interest, we will work to negotiate a lesser sentence. Should the case go to trial, we will fight to present the strongest defense possible for your situation.