1. Take a deep breath; there is nothing you can do in the moment, go enjoy the game or the rest of your night; if its late, go to bed. If you wish to take touch with an attorney, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call me 248-924-9458. You can send me a copy of the ticket; get that off your plate. If you're a family member of the person ticketed, please email and call me, we will get a copy of the ticket later in the day.
2. Once you regroup that evening or the next day, you will see a text reply or email reply letting you know that your case is manageable and everything is going to be OK. You are where 100's of my clients have been in the past, and every single one of them had a favorable result if they followed my plan. We will discuss next steps to work together.
3. In the coming days, once we are working together, I will give you a few proactive steps to take on your own time to improve your case, and help me help you figure out a great outcome.
4. Our goal is to keep you from having a criminal record; that is a possible; it's also possible to have you excused from court, or to join court via zoom.
5. This case does not need to have long-term consequences on your life; you're successful, and having a criminal record over an isolated moment in time is not equitable. Believe in common sense; lean in on telling your story; this case will not define you.
Michigan Fake ID Charges
Many clients who contact me about MIP charges, also tell me that the police found a fake ID during the arrest/ticketing process, and they now have multiple charges. This is quite common, as many people use fake ID's to enter bars or purchase alcohol, and the crimes go hand-in-hand. This offense is a seperate misdemeanor, which carries jail time, fines, costs and would leave you with a criminal record if convicted.
The main difference between an MIP charge, and a fake ID charge comes down to the ability to keep it off of your record. In Michigan, there is a built in way to have an MIP off your record or dismissed at a later date, but this does NOT exist for the fake ID charge. This is also a crime that is very easy to prove by the prosecutor, as it is in your wallet or you offer it to a bouncer or police officer as your identification. There is no much of a defense to it being in your wallet, or you handing it over.
Many of my clients are drunk or not thinking correctly, and when the police ask to see some ID, they actually pull out the fake ID by mistake or open their wallet to show the police the contents of the wallet, and the cop sees multiple ID's. This causes major issues in terms of having a defense to having the ID. It also doesn't matter if its an ID that would be otherwise valid (it's actually someone's real ID, but not yours) or it's a totally manufactured "fake" ID that has your real picture, but the ID itself is not valid.
When a client comes to me with a fake ID charge, I tell them that this charge on a criminal history is big-time trouble. It's a crime of fraud and dishonesty. Although it may be an "innocent" crime with the motivation to underage drink, it reads that you produced/possessed fraudulent documents, which just sounds awful if someone were to see it. You may be able to explain it away, but who wants to tell a prospective employer that you spent your youth carrying around a fake ID and getting into trouble.
I have a strong track record of keeping this fake ID charge off my client's record along with the original MIP. It certainly takes a very proactive plan in order to put ourselves in a position to achieve that result, but it is very possible. If you have any doubt as to the impact of my program, read some past client reviews.