Being pulled over or questioned by the police is such an upsetting experience that it may be really tempting to give them somebody else’s name instead of your own. However, your problems can multiply rapidly if you do give them a fake name. If you are charged, it is critical that you hire an experienced Pittsburgh criminal attorney who will stand up for your rights and give you the strong defense you need.
Giving False Identification, Defined
In Pennsylvania, someone can be charged with the crime of giving false identification if they give law enforcement authorities false information about their identity after being informed by an officer who is in uniform or who has identified himself as a law enforcement officer that they are the subject of an official investigation of a violation of law.
If you are found guilty of false identification to law enforcement authorities it is a misdemeanor of the third degree and you can be sentenced to up to one year in prison and fined $2,500.
In addition, you will have a permanent criminal record if convicted, which can make finding or keeping a job difficult. You may also run into problems with leasing an apartment, keeping financial aid, and more.