Columbia Alcohol & Underage Crime Lawyers

Whether you are the parent of a student or a student who has been charged with a fake ID or minor in possession, you know that mistakes are commonplace. Having the ability to make mistakes and learn from the consequences is an integral part of the college experience. At Cavanaugh & Thickens, we understand that learning from one’s mistakes does not require the life-long consequence associated with having a criminal record. When we accept a student’s criminal case, we carry that understanding with us as we work towards resolving the case.

If you are a college student and have been charged with a DUI, MIP, or another crime, you need a lawyer who understands how to navigate the criminal justice system. Oftentimes, students can take advantage of pre-trial programs designed to dismiss charges and clear records. However, it is important to take advantage of the right programs for the right charges.

We know how overwhelming this process can seem. That is why we strive to provide comfort with our client-focused, results-driven approach. Contact us today to learn how our student crime lawyers can help you or your loved one.

Columbia Fake ID Lawyers

In South Carolina, fake identification cards, or ‘fake ID,” charges are considered criminal misdemeanors. Fake IDs are typically used by underage adults attempting to purchase alcohol or enter a 21+ bar, event, or establishment. 

Whether you are a parent, and your child has been charged with a fake ID, or you’ve been charged yourself, you likely agree that one mistake shouldn’t ruin your future. Our criminal defense attorneys are committed to ensuring that we get our clients the best possible outcome for their future after a criminal charge.

To talk with one of our award-winning criminal defense attorneys for free, please call our office at (803) 888-2200 or fill out our online form, and we will be in touch with you ASAP.

Fake ID Charge Consequences Under SC Law:

A fake ID charge in South Carolina can result in:

  1. A permanent criminal record.
  2. Jail time of up to 30 days.
  3. University sanctions if enrolled in a university.
  4. Mandatory 6-month driver’s license suspension.
  5. Expensive fines ranging from $100-200 for a first offense.

Our criminal defense attorneys will work with you to navigate these potential penalties and get you the best possible outcome. In addition, our criminal defense attorneys can help you expunge a fake ID charge from your record, so future employers and other authoritative figures cannot use this charge against you. 

In Columbia and across South Carolina, fake ID charges can be accompanied by a minor in possession (MIP) charge. MIP charges are a result of an underage individual attempting to purchase, possess, or consume alcohol. Like fake ID charges, MIPs are misdemeanors under SC law and can result in jail time, expensive fines, license suspensions, university sanctions, and a criminal record. 

Whether you’ve been charged with a fake ID and/or a MIP in Columbia or anywhere in South Carolina, our team has the experience needed to represent you and fight for your rights. 

How Much Does a Fake ID Lawyer Cost?

From worrying about your future, to choosing the right attorney and covering associated costs, we understand that this is likely an overwhelming time for you. To make this easier on you, our experienced criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations via the phone or in-person. During this consultation, the attorney who you would work with throughout your case will talk to you directly about the specifics of your charges. After going over the specifics of your potential case, they will explain all your options, how much the fee will be, and what you can expect the resolution to look like. Typically, we can work with you to come up with a payment plan to cover the costs.

When to Call a Fake ID Lawyer

The quicker we can begin working with you, the better chance we have at getting you the best possible outcome for your case. If you’re interested in hiring a criminal defense attorney to assist you with your fake ID charge OR help you get your record expunged, call our office now at (803) 888-2200 to learn how we can help you. 

Why Choose Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC


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