Fake ID and Underage Drinking
Belmar NJ Fake ID Criminal Lawyers
The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall represent clients charged with underage possession of alcohol, underage DWI, and possession of marijuana (under 50 grams) throughout Monmouth and Ocean County, New Jersey including in Belmar, Seaside Heights, Sea Bright, and Point Pleasant. Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers for a free initial consultation at (732)450-8300. Our criminal defense lawyers have handled criminal and traffic charges in these Municipal Courts for many years. In fact, Thomas V. Campo is a former Municipal Prosecutor in over twenty-five (25) municipalities in Monmouth and Ocean County including Brick, Holmdel, and Little Egg Harbor.
New Jersey Possession of a Fake ID: A Criminal Offense
A charge for possession of a fake ID by an underage individual attempting to enter a bar or purchase alcohol in a liquor store is a criminal offense in New Jersey. This criminal violation will lead to a permanent criminal charge on your record if convicted. Moreover, it is a disorderly persons offense which includes up to six (6) months in the county jail if convicted. Further, often times our clients are also charged with underage possession of alcohol which is a criminal violation as well according to N.J.S. 2C:33-15. Typically, our experienced criminal defense lawyers can negotiate a downgrade of these criminal charges to avoid a criminal record. A violation of a municipal ordinance only results in a fine and does not constitute a criminal offense in New Jersey.
Underage Possession of Alcohol or Possession of a Fake ID: Can I Expunge It?
If you are convicted of underage possession of alcohol or possession of a fake ID in New Jersey, these are criminal violations and lead to a permanent criminal charge on your record. However, if you hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer to represent you and negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor, many times these criminal charges can be downgraded to a violation of a municipal ordinance. This depends on your prior record, if any, the circumstances of the charge (whether or not you were cooperative with law enforcement), and the evidence the State has to prove the charges against you. If you plead guilty to underage possession of alcohol or possession of a fake ID, these are disorderly persons offenses and lead to a criminal charge on your record. These charges will show up on a background check for future employers and educational institutions. However, if you plead guilty to a violation of a municipal ordinance, this will not show up on a background check and do not constitute a criminal record. Further, you can expunge a disorderly persons offense after five (5) years. On the other hand, you can expunge a violation of a municipal ordinance from your record after two (2) years. For additional informaton, contact our office for immediate assistance at (732)450-8300.