Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor

A fake I.D. may look incredibly tempting to a minor. However, owning a fictitious driver’s license as a minor can result in criminal charges. A misrepresentation of age offense carries serious penalties. These consequences can affect a minor’s educational or professional goals.

If you or your child has been charged with misrepresentation of age, it is time to act now. Criminal charges can follow a minor into adulthood. Do not let a single event change you or your child’s future. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to navigate these legal complexities.

Attorney for Misrepresentation of Age in Dallas, TX

Owning a fake I.D. may seem desirable to a minor in the moment. Having access to alcoholic beverages might seem like a college student staple and seemingly “normal.” However, the Texas law disagrees. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code states that misrepresenting one’s age for alcohol is a criminal offense.

If you or your child has been issued a ticket or arrested for misrepresentation of age, it is vital that you seek legal representation. Our attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy are experienced in juvenile offenses and Texas drinking age laws. We will mount a defense to try and help you get the best possible outcome for your case.

We accept clients all over the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area including Allen, Dallas, Plano, Denton, and Fort Worth, Texas. Our attorneys are qualified in criminal defense and want to preserve your rights.

The legal system can be difficult to navigate. Let us take the helm and formulate a good defense for your charge. Call (972) 233-5700, or schedule an online contact form today for a free initial consultation.

Misrepresentation of Age Defined under Texas Law

For an individual to be charged with misrepresentation of age by a minor they must be under 21 years of age. The Texas Statute §106.07 defines misrepresentation of age by a minor as:

  • An offense in which a minor falsely states that he or she is 21 years of age or older; or
  • Presents any document that indicates that he or she is 21 years of age or older to a person engaged in selling or serving alcoholic beverages.

Normally, a minor convicted of misrepresentation of age is charged with a Class C misdemeanor. If the minor has multiple convictions their penalty is enhanced.

Penalties for Misrepresentation of Age under §106.07

Misrepresentation of age charges can seem inconsequential due to television’s humor regarding fake I.D.s. However, Texas law considers misrepresentation of age by a minor as a criminal offense. Texas Statute §106.07 states that an individual charged with misrepresentation of age is subject to a Class C misdemeanor.

Texas law explains that if an individual is convicted of a Class C misdemeanor, they are required to pay a fine up to $500.

Additionally, if the minor already has had at least two convictions for a related offense their penalty could be enhanced. Related offenses for this charge can be drinking under the influence (DUI), minor in consumption of alcohol (MIC), or minor in possession of alcohol (MIP).

The punishment for multiple convictions of alcohol offenses plus a misrepresentation of age charge is as follows:

  • A maximum of 180 days in jail;
  • A possible fine up to $2,000; or
  • A combination of the two.

Additional Resources

Dallas County Juvenile Department – Visit the Dallas County’s website and read about the mission of the Dallas County Juvenile Department. See how they try to assist referred youth in becoming productive, law-abiding citizens, while promoting public safety and victim restoration.

TBAC Alcoholic Beverage Code Referencing Minors – Visit the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and read their Alcoholic Beverage Code sections referring minors. Learn the different various charges, specifics, and penalties a minor can face regarding alcohol.

Fake IDs: Are They Worth It? – Visit the Southern Methodists University’s website and read an article surrounding fake IDs. Find answers for frequently asked questions surrounding fake IDs, and find resources for further fake ID information.

Frequently Asked Questions about Juvenile Offenders – Visit Wise County’s website and learn about frequently asked questions regarding juvenile offenders. Read about the process of the juvenile courts, and the expectations a person can have while battling a juvenile offense.

Locating a Lawyer for Misrepresentation of Age in Dallas County, TX

Young adults make mistakes. It is a part of growing up and navigating the world. However, these mistakes should not follow you into adulthood. Do not let a misrepresentation of age charge mark your criminal record, and contact the attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy.

Are you facing misrepresentation of age charges in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area? Then contact Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy for an experienced criminal defense, we accept clients all over the Nortex including Allen in Collin County, Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Dallas in Dallas County, and Denton in Denton County, Texas. It is crucial that you have legal representation for you or your child for juvenile charges.

Our attorneys are knowledgeable in juvenile courts and are familiar with local law enforcement agencies after an arrest such as Wilmer, Mesquite, Grand Prairie, Dallas, Arlington, Forney, and Seagoville. Additionally, we represent clients after or during investigations involving the Department of Public Safety, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Protect you or your child’s rights today. Do not submit to authorities, call (972) 233-5700 or schedule an online contact form today for a free initial consultation on your case.

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