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Building a Defense for Connecticut Fake ID Charges

Charges stemming from forgery fake identification in Connecticut can sometimes be severe. Many students and individuals in the area underestimate the seriousness of the charge, and are unprepared when facing consequences that could have detrimental impacts on their personal and academic records.

It is important for any individual in this situation to contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to begin building a defense against your Connecticut fake ID charge, and assist in lessening any penalties you may be up against.

Defense Strategies

If the fraudulent identification is found in a car with multiple students and no one claims it, or it is found in a dorm room with more than one resident, a possible defense is that it does not belong to the student arrested. It is a tough argument to make if the picture is theirs, but it is one defense that an attorney could employ to attempt to dismiss the charge.

Practical defenses of the charge in this type of case requires an attorney to help craft ways to mitigate the charge or mitigate the guilt. For example, if a person has fake identification, but the officer did not see them using it or trying to use it, that could be beneficial to the University of Connecticut student.

Effect of an Unlawful Arrest

An officer is less likely to unlawfully arrest someone for forgery fake ID per se, but it is possible. An officer may fail to notify a student of their rights as required, at which point it is possible that the statements can be suppressed. If there was a search that uncovered the fake identification and the search was not lawful, it is possible that the search can be suppressed.

If the defense attorney is successful at suppressing either the student’s statements or the UCONN police officer’s search, that could remove all of the evidence that the state would need to make its case. In these instances, the case may be dismissed.

Dismissing the Charge

Sometimes, law enforcement officers at UCONN will accidentally put the wrong statute, misspell a name, or write out a charge wrong. Mistakes like that will not rarely impact the outcome of a case because there is an opportunity to fix them so they are of little consequence to the case.

However, it is possible to get the charge dismissed using other means. For students that do not have a criminal record and have never been arrested, there is a program in Connecticut called Accelerated Rehabilitation. The attorney can submit an application for that program and ask the judge to suspend the prosecution of the case.

There is a hearing during which the attorney will tell the judge why the student is a good candidate for the program. If the judge agrees, there might be some conditions, such as community service and staying out of trouble, but the charge and the case will eventually be dismissed and expunged.

Understanding the Client

The first questions that an attorney will ask a client that is arrested for possessing fake identification at UCONN is if the student has had any past run-ins with the UCONN police, if they have ever been arrested, or if they have had any other type of discipline at UCONN.

If it is the first time that the individual has been in trouble, they will have more options, but if they have a conviction or discipline history with the University, it is more complicated.

Benefits of an Attorney

An attorney is incredibly beneficial for any individual facing a forgery fake ID charge in Connecticut. First, an attorney will ensure that the client understands the process since it is likely that they have never been through it before. An experienced attorney will do work on the front end, such as requesting letters, to put the client in the best position possible to get the charge dismissed.

The attorney will eventually have to make an argument to the judge to get the charge to be dismissed, so it is important for any individual to have an experienced attorney that knows what arguments are likely to be favorably impactful.

The attorney will determine if any of the client’s rights were violated during the search, because if they were, the evidence may be suppressed. From there, the attorney will look into the circumstances of the arrest, get all of the police reports, and any witness statements that are available to complete their own investigation.

Aside from the criminal court process, an attorney can assist in the school discipline process.