What should at I do if I am being federally accused of using a fake ID? 21 Answers as of June 14, 2011I work for a US military base. I forgot my CAC at the office one day and used a photocopy of it at the gate when returned to work. The guard said I was using a fake ID, and the base police cited me for violating “18 USC 701”, “18 USC 1028 (A) (1)”, and “18 USC 1028 (A) (2)”. What should at I do?
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
By cited it means you have been charged with a federal crime, then. When arrested or charged with any crime, the proper questions are, can you be convicted, and what can you do? While this isn't a 'capital case', you certainly face potential jail and fines, so handle it right. Effective plea-bargaining, using your defenses and sympathies, could possibly keep you out of jail, or at least dramatically reduce it. Go to trial if it can't be resolved with motions or a plea bargain. There is no magic wand to wave and make it all disappear. Not exactly a do it yourself project in court for someone who does not know how to effectively represent himself against a professional prosecutor intending to convict and jail you. If you don't know how to do these things effectively, then hire an attorney that does, who will try to get a dismissal, diversion, reduction or other decent outcome through plea bargain, or take it to trial if appropriate. If serious about hiring counsel, feel free to contact me. Ill be happy to help use whatever defenses there may be.
Answer Applies to: California
Giannini Law Office, PC | Robert Giannini
I have only one piece of advice for you in this situation: you need to hire an attorney who practices federal criminal law. And let me tell you this: I don't practice in the federal courts, so I am not in anyway looking for business for me out of this. The feds don't play nice. You do not want to try to figure this out yourself. Lawyer up.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Bloom Legal, LLC | Seth J. Bloom
You should hire an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer. If this is the whole story, then it is likely that you would not risk a serious conviction. A judge still has to accept these charges and if they are deemed to be incorrect, then they can be dismissed. If you are seeking representation in this matter in Louisiana, we invite you to contact our firm at the information on this page for a free case evaluation.
Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
Talk to an attorney. I am unsure of the statute you violated, but it could be serious enough to jeopardize your job and access to the facility. An attorney can pull up the statute and see the seriousness of the offense.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
This sounds like a purely technical violation, since you actually had a legitimate ID and this was obviously a photocopy of it. I suggest you speak to a JAG officer and first ask if there is any conflict of interest representing you in this case because they may also be the very ones who are charged with prosecuting you. If they say there is a conflict of interest, then you'll have to hire an independent attorney (preferably one who has worked in the JAG office before leaving the service) to represent you. If you're telling everything as it actually was, then you probably don't have a big problem on your hands. If not, then you may have problems. Speak to an attorney. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: New York
Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
I am a former federal prosecutor for over twenty years and currently practice as a criminal defense attorney with my son. I recommend that you retain an experienced criminal lawyer sho has experience in federal court as soon as possible. You have evidently been charged with a federal felony offense and you really need an experienced lawyer to sit down with you to begin discussing all your rights and options. Good luck!
Answer Applies to: Georgia
The Law Offices of Mark Kotlarsky | Mark Kotlarsky
Hopefully, the prosecutor will decline to file charges in the Court. It is unlikely, unfortunately. When you are notified about the the trial, you need to contact an attorney. You can call my office at 301-765-1855 when you know the trial date.
Answer Applies to: Maryland