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Cuomo: Cops watching for fake IDs, underage drinking at concerts

| Jun 10, 2017 | Criminal Defense |

Governor Cuomo recently announced that law enforcement across the state of New York will be cracking down on underage drinking and possession of fake IDs at summer festivals and concerts. Investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state police have already been performing fake identification sweeps and making arrests.

According to the Associated Press, law enforcement arrested 12 people at the May 18 Brad Paisley concert, which took place at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. They arrested 55 at the May 24 Future concert at Darien Lake, a venue in western New York.

During those operations, law enforcement officers discovered false IDs purporting to be from Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, as far away as Illinois and Florida, and New York state.

At minimum, people who possess fake IDs may be found in violation of New York Vehicle and Traffic Law §509 (6), which prohibits having a forged, fictitious or illegally obtained license, or another person’s license. This charge is a misdemeanor with a potential penalty of a $300 fine and 15 days in jail.

A more serious charge can be brought against you, however. If the state finds that you purchased or sold a fake ID — or even offered to buy or sell one — you could be charged under Vehicle and Traffic Law §392-a. A first offense is still a misdemeanor, but a second offense within 10 years of the first turns it into a Class E felony.

When you go to a concert or festival, you’re looking to have a good time, not cause trouble. If you’ve been arrested for underage drinking or having a fake ID, however, you don’t have to face the music alone. Fight the negative consequences of an arrest by contacting the Law Office of Robert D. DiDio & Associates.

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