A 37-year-old Baltimore man who was initially released on his own recognizance after an arrest for allegedly shoplifting, found himself back in jail after a deputy reportedly realized that the man had given officers a fake name when he was initially arrested. In addition to the shoplifting charge the man now faces several other charges, including identity theft, giving false identification to a law enforcement officer, perjury, driving without a license and two counts of forgery.
The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred when the man along with his 33- and 54-year-old male associates were arrested after deputies responded to an early morning call about a man stealing items at a local area Wal-Mart store. Although all three of the men were charged with allegedly conspiring to commit larceny, the two other men were taken to jail after they became belligerent at the magistrate's office. The man was initially allowed to leave the premises, however, after providing deputies with reportedly fake identification.
According to police reports, the alleged deception was later discovered after a deputy at the magistrate's office discovered the man's real identification along with a photo in a wallet that had been collected at a traffic stop prior to the arrest. The deputy then began a search for the man and located him a a nearby 7-Eleven. The man was then arrested once again and placed in jail with a $5,000 bond.
Defendants convicted of criminal charges such as shoplifting, identity theft and larceny could face jail time and fines. An experienced criminal attorney could work with defendants to help establish a criminal defense and assist them in possibly avoiding a long stretch of jail time.
Source: fredricksburg.com, "Man arrested after giving false ID" Keith Epps, Apr. 14, 2014