Fake ID Downgraded to Ordinance

Our fake ID defense lawyer recently represented a client who had been charged with possession of a false government document under 2C:21-2.1c, a fourth degree crime, for having a fake driver’s license in his possession. Our client was arrested after he was approached by police after they saw him looking visibly intoxicated and throwing up. The police also noticed that he looked young so they decided to approach him and investigate for possible underage drinking. However, when they asked him for proof he was over 21 years old he handed them a fake ID and the police were able to conclude fairly quickly that it was in fact false identification and did not have his true age on there.

Upon getting retained to handle the case, we noticed one big problem – the police actually charged our client with a 4th degree indictable crime instead of the lower charge of a disorderly persons offense. This meant that if he was convicted, he would have a felony record. The case was initially sent to the Superior Court to be handled by the county prosecutor’s office, however, after reviewing the circumstances of the case, the prosecutor agreed to downgrade and remand the charges which was much to our client’ satisfaction. From there we were able to further negotiate and plea bargain with the municipal prosecutor to downgrade the charges to a city ordinance which would not result in any kind of criminal conviction. However, even after getting the consent of the prosecutor to do the downgrade, the municipal judge almost denied the downgrade based on the fact that it was originally a felony crime. In the end, our criminal attorney was able to make a persuasive argument to the judge that the facts and circumstances of our client’s case were deserving of the downgrade. If you or your family member has been charged with possession of false government documents, then you should consider contacting our office today to speak with an experienced Seaside Heights fake ID lawyer who can go over the facts of your case and explain your rights and possible defenses during a free consultation.

State v. V.G. decided on June 5, 2017

William Proetta

With more than a decade of experience defending clients against criminal charges, founding partner William A. Proetta has successfully handled and tried thousands of cases, from DWI to murder. As a New Jersey native, he has focused his career on helping people in the area where he grew up, serving Middlesex, Ocean, Hudson, and Union counties.