Being young and out with friends is a recipe for bad decision-making. The night-life in Tempe and Scottsdale is a party playground for many including those under the legal drinking age. Bouncers and bartenders are trained to spot fake IDs and with increased enforcement from the Arizona Department of Liquor and police, more and more places will refuse to serve minors. Once a police officer gets involved, a fake ID can spiral into a number of other criminal offenses, namely one called providing false information to a police officer.
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When a police officer questions someone, they will ask all the basic information such as name, address, age, etc. When a fake ID is discovered, it is common that the minor panics and provides false information. In other instances, police may be questioning someone about a possible crime that has been committed and the person being questioned is concerned about getting in more trouble therefore find themselves making false statements.
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Talking with a police officer can be extremely intimidating. It is not uncommon for people who have done nothing wrong to feel insecure, panicked and uncomfortable. In order to allow police to do their job most efficiently and effectively, Arizona (along with the rest of the nation) has made it a stand-alone charge to provide false information to a police officer. Most likely, this charge will be connected with another charge, but occasionally it is the only one. We understand the dilemma people face when being questioned by the police and have extensive experience with this charge. Whether you were cited in Scottsdale or Tempe, our office can work with prosecutors to reduce or dismiss your charge.