According to deputies, a Los Angeles man was caught red-handed when he tried to buy a car with a fake ID.
Fake ID Used by Man to Try and Buy Car
A Los Angeles man was attempting to buy a car with a fake ID when he was stopped by deputies in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After searching his bag, deputies found a stack of IDs and stolen credit cards.
“We could have sold him a car,” said Isaac Romero, owner of Access Auto. “You know if things hadn’t come into place exactly as they did, we could have sold him a car.”
Romero, who had been contacted by the suspect via phone regarding the sale of a car, realized the man he was talking to over the phone was actually someone other than who he was identifying himself as.
“Even when he came to pick up the car after we’d been notified by someone else, he was bold. ‘I’m about this. I’m here to look at this car’, and he was you know he was dressed like somebody who, you know, who could’ve been who he said he was,” explained Romero.
Man Identified as Victor Jaramillo
Deputies later identified the suspect to be a man named Victor Jaramillo.
“He sent us documents to ensure it was in fact him,” said Romero. “He sent us a copy of his driver’s license. He sent us copies of paycheck stubs.”
The suspect had been approved for a 15,000 dollar car loan. It was then, according to authorities, when a man in Los Angeles, who had his identity stolen, received an alert. He immediately contacted Romero. It was then that Romero contacted the authorities.
“He notified us that it wasn’t him, right?” said Romero. “So we notified authorities.”
The deputies were waiting when Jaramillo showed up to take the car home.
“When they started to speak to him and ask him questions, he was not compliant,” said Romero. “He wouldn’t do what they told him to do.”
According to the court filed documents, Jaramillo even attempted to flee the scene and at one point attempted to hit a police officer.
“When they were moving him to the car, he actually broke away from the cuffs,” said Romero.
Deputies allege Jaramillo wouldn’t give any of his personal information at first. Once he complied with the questioning, deputies discovered he also has an outstanding felony warrant in his name.
Los Angeles Fake ID Lawyer – California
California has a number of age restricted activities that have proven to be very attractive to many persons under the age of 21. Some of them choose to obtain fake identification in order to drink at restaurants and bars, buy cigarettes or purchase alcohol. Unfortunately, this practice can have serious consequences. A teen who is caught with a fake I.D. may face serious criminal charges.
California Fake ID Laws
In California, there are several different laws that can result in criminal charges if you are in possession of a fake identification card. These laws deal with making, possessing, and displaying false driver’s licenses and identification cards. Central to these laws is Penal Code 470, which defines the crime of forgery as knowingly altering, manipulating, or creating a written document or instrument with the intent to obtain an undeserved personal gain.
Fake ID – Penal Code 470b
Penal Code 470b is the law that addresses the possession of a forged driver’s license or identification card. PC 470b prohibits displaying a driver’s license or I.D. card that is in violation of Penal Code 470a, the code that defines a fraudulent driver’s license or I.D. cards. An individual may be charged with all violations relevant to his offense, or just under one subsection that most closely fits the offense.
Business and Professions Code section 25661 covers the use of fake I.D. for procuring alcohol as well as the possession of a fake I.D. by someone under age 21.
Fake ID Penalties in California
The potential penalties for having a false identification in your possession will depend upon how the charges are filed. Most California fraud offenses are what are known as wobblers. A “wobbler” is an offense that the prosecutor may choose to file as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts of the case, and the individual’s criminal history.
A violation of the Business and Professions Code section 25661
A violation of the Business and Professions Code section 25661 usually results in misdemeanor charges with a $250 fine and/or compulsory performance of between 24-32 hours of community service. Repeat offenses can result in fines of $500 and/or 36 hours or more of community service. Contact a Los Angeles Fake ID Lawyer.
Fake ID to Buy Alcohol
Teens that use a fake I.D. to obtain alcohol can also face additional charges, including “minor in possession of alcohol” charges. A one-year license suspension can accompany conviction as well, and the teen may be left with a permanent criminal record.
A violation of Penal Code section 470(b)carries the potential penalty of imprisonment of up to one year in the county jail.
Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney
As you can see, if you have been accused of a crime, it’s pertinent that you contact a criminal defense attorney. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to advise you on the best defense as well as protect you during an interrogation.
Any criminal charge could result in prison time, other serious penalties, and a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. The good news is that there is a defense to every charge or accusation. Contact our office in Los Angeles at 562-287-5333, at 562-287-5333 or by e-mail to discuss your case with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.