What is the likely penalty for a first offense for getting caught with a fake ID?

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What is the likely penalty for a first offense for getting caught with a fake ID?

I was told that this is called a summary offense and was allowed to sign myself out after being arrested. The officer told me I will most likely get community service and my friend who was in a similar situation told me he had to pay a fine and take a class. I realize the severity of this and was/am scared straight. Do I have anything more serious to worry about?

Asked on November 22, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

The charge of a person under the age of majority having a fake identification presumably for the purchase of alcohol is a criminal charge where a fine, jail time, community service and a permanent criminal record could result with respect to the charge you are facing.

In reality, most likely you will receive a fine, be placed on court probation, have to do community service work and take classes about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. If you do not have a criminal defense attorney representing you concerning the offense that you are charged with, I suggest that you retain one to be on the safe side.


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