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Fighting Connecticut Fake ID Forgery Arrests

The best UConn, Yale, Fairfield University, Trinity College and other Connecticut college and university criminal lawyers routinely see UConn and other Connecticut students getting arrested for possessing Fake IDs. Year ago, campus and UConn police would confiscate the Fake IDs, cut them up, trash them, and send the college students on their way. Now it’s a felony arrest in Connecticut for a Connecticut college or high school student to possess a Fake ID, regardless of whether they even try to use the Fake ID at a bar, dance club or liquor store. Connecticut’s Forgery laws have become much more serious, and with high level and low level internet background checks picking up every arrest these days, an arrest in Storrs, Fairfield, Stamford, or New Haven Connecticut for Forgery – Second Degree / Possession of a Fake ID can have a lasting negative impact on your child’s employment and grad school admission prospects. That’s why it’s critical to consult a top UConn, Storrs, Stamford or New Haven criminal lawyer attorney to fight your Connecticut arrest for possessing a Fake ID.

Is It Really a Felony Arrest for a College Student in Connecticut to Possess a Fake ID?

Yes. Possessing a Fake ID in Connecticut is a violation of Connecticut’s Forgery laws. But how is a college student who uses or possesses a Fake ID to get into a bar or buy alcohol an actual felony? Ask the Connecticut legislators who classified Fake ID arrests in Connecticut as felonies ( and also see our blog article discussing this topic). As the best UConn Storrs Connecticut criminal lawyers would explain to you, the specific crime is called Forgery in the Second Degree, as codified in C.G.S. § 53a-139. This crime prohibits you from altering or possessing a an altered government-issued identification instrument, with the intent to deceive or defraud another person. This crime includes altering any kind of driver’s license (from any state), passports, or social security cards. Top Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys who regularly defend Yale, UConn, Trinity, and Quinnipiac students know that the crime has been classified as a Class D felony in Connecticut, carrying a maximum jail sentence of up to 5 years in jail, probation and up to $5000 in fines. Click here for more information on the specifics of Connecticut Forgery arrests, and how to most cost-effectively fight your child’s Forgery Fake ID arrest in Connecticut.

Fighting the Connecticut Fake ID Arrest and Keeping Your Child’s Criminal Record Clean

One of most typical scenarios that the top Fake ID Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys see are when a teenager or someone under 21 opens up their wallet during a police stop or traffic stop and the police see the Fake ID in the wallet. To be clear, these are scenarios where the teenager does not even show the police officer the Fake ID. Unfortunately, and as the best UConn arrest criminal lawyers would tell you, this is still grounds for a Connecticut Forgery in the Second Degree arrest. The mere possession of a Fake ID is a crime in Connecticut. What the best Fairfield Connecticut criminal lawyers who deal with arrests at UConn, Fairfield University, Southern Connecticut, and Quinnipiac University typically do is challenge the search and seizure of the Fake IDs, especially when the Fake ID is never presented to the arresting officer. Police do not have carte blanch to ransack your glove compartment, wallet or purse. A top UConn criminal lawyer will carefully review police reports, witness statements and surveillance recordings to make sure police have complied with all rules and regulations governing search, seizure and processing. Further, the student’s academic and athletic resumes and achievements can be helpful talking points in pre-trial negotiations with the prosecutor and judge. Typically, your top Connecticut criminal lawyer can persuade a prosecutor to give your child a second chance and quickly work a deal which would allow for the quick dismissal of your college student’s felony Fake ID possession arrest in Storrs, Rockville, New Haven, Fairfield or Stamford, Connecticut.

College and University School Discipline in Connecticut as a Result of a Felony Arrest for Possessing a Fake ID

When you or your child is arrested at UConn, Yale, Quinnipiac, Fairfield University, Wesleyan, or Trinity College for possessing a Fake ID, there’s a good chance the felony arrest will be reported to the Dean of Students for additional consideration and possible discipline. It’s important that you or your parents carefully review your student handbook, especially if you are a member of an NCAA athletic team, to review and comply with the disclosure and reporting requirements relating to your Connecticut arrest for Possessing a Fake ID. School discipline proceedings may be immediately triggered by the arrest itself and need to be properly handled by you and your top UConn or Connecticut college or university criminal lawyer attorney. If you are not careful and prepared, the college discipline process can run right over you, leaving a permanent mark on your college transcript that grad schools and employers will see. Know that during a public or private university discipline process, everything is negotiable, and hiring a top Connecticut school or college discipline lawyer can help you level the playing field during the discipline process, especially when you have been arrested at UConn, Yale, Quinnipiac, Wesley, Trinity or Fairfield University for Possessing a Fake ID / Forgery in the Second Degree under CGS 53a-139. Click here for more information on how to fight a Connecticut university, college, private school, or prep school discipline proceeding or expulsion hearing.

Contact a Connecticut Fake ID Arrest Lawyer Today

The Mark Sherman Law team of criminal lawyers frequently defend students arrested for possession of Fake IDs / Forgery in the Second Degree under CGS 53a-139. We have had great success in de-escalating the seriousness of these felony arrests, and getting these felony Fake ID arrests in Connecticut dismissed, erased, and expunged from our college student clients’ permanent records. We have also been able to successfully run simultaneous interference and damage control with the school’s discipline process to keep the student’s permanent academic record clean. So call us today at (203) 358-4700 to learn how we can help you fight your child’s Connecticut Fake ID arrest today.

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