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DWIs and Fake IDs in Eastern North Carolina

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Being arrested for DWI often times includes other charges, such as speeding, running a light or stop sign, reckless driving, failing to devote full time and attention to your driving, possession of controlled substances, or having a fake ID. These charges can result in loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates, high fines and penalties, and harsh punishments that might include jail time. The circumstances that determine the terms of your punishment depend on whether you are a first time offender, repeat offender, the amount of alcohol in your bloodstream, and a variety of other factors. The consequences vary from case to case, and no one is immune from prosecution.

As proof the rate of DWI’s is on the rise, and the consequences are tightening, all that is needed is to look at the news. Recently the world of sports has had more than its fair share of stories involving athletes facing criminal charges. One athlete facing the harsh reality of how criminal charges can keep you off the field is University of Miami player Kevin Olsen. Olsen is the brother of Carolina Panthers player Greg Olsen, and was recently dismissed from the Hurricanes for the following: 

  • A DUI arrest. 
  • Failure to pass a drug test. 
  • Possession of several fake ID’s.

At the time of arrest, police said Olsen was in possession of fake ID’s from various states. The ID’s were from Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Florida. Possession of false identification is a charge that leads to questions about your ability to be truthful. Prosecutors look at these types of acts as untruthful and can lead to a request for higher bail, because when you have multiple identities it is more likely you will use one of those ID’s to flee the jurisdiction. Strong ties to the community and the likelihood you will reappear in Court for scheduled hearings are factors the Court takes into consideration when releasing you from jail pending hearings in your case. You must be able to show that you are responsible and charges dealing with your ability to be truthful are important in this regard. For more information on the ramifications of possession of false identities, call a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

If you have been charged with a crime, call a qualified criminal defense attorney for help. Contact The Cummings & Kennedy Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. ExperiencedNorth Carolina criminal defense lawyers know how to investigate the facts of your case and tailor a defense that fits your specific needs.