Authorities in New Jersey recently accused three men of conspiring to manufacture
fraudulent driver's licenses. The men were also indicted on charges of
drug trafficking following what police claim was a multi-month investigative effort.
Police in Wayne and Pompton Lakes said that two of the men were detained
on July 9 after being chased by authorities while they attempted to flee
on motorcycles; the third individual allegedly surrendered himself to
police. Two of the three were brothers, and authorities initially became
suspicious in March, when the older sibling apparently attempted to take
a driving exam under another individual's name. Police said that in
the same period, they received numerous reports from liquor stores stating
that underage individuals were trying to make illegal purchases with suspicious
looking driver's licenses from Rhode Island.
Upon searching a home rented by the older brother, police said they found
drugs, paraphernalia and evidence that the man was making fake licenses.
Each member of the trio was charged with a number of different violations,
and reports claimed that the licenses were utilized by dozens of minors
who attend high schools in Wayne.
Criminal charges that include distributing drugs or illegal property to
minors may result in heavy penalties. When attempting to challenge such
claims in court, a defendant might benefit from working with a criminal
defense lawyer. That lawyer may be able to develop a strategy that results
in mitigated sentencing or dropped penalties. In some cases, the lawyer
might suggest seeking an acquittal at trial, and in others, he or she
could negotiate a plea bargain that seeks limited sanctions.
Source: North Jersey, "3 Wayne men charged with drug possession, making fake IDs ", Rebecca D. O'Brien, July 13, 2014