Being Arrested in Reno or Lake Tahoe area for Identity Fraud possession of a document to establish False Identity is a Deportable Offense

It is starting to happen more and more as both non-citizens and illegal immigrants in the Reno, Sparks and greater Washoe County, Lyon County, Eldorado County and Carson Valley are getting arrested for attempting to use the documentation of another person to establish a false identity or identity fraud. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are starting to report a rise on the number of individuals who are using illegal means in an attempt obtain “legal” documentation. This crime is deportable, which means you will have to leave the country.

One of the reasons that illegal immigrants or non-citizen residents are getting busted is due to an increase in available technology. The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Facial Recognition system is able to distinguish or identify the difference in facial features between the person then applying for the identification card and the picture on file with the DMV. If you are trying to work in this country and you are planning to use someone’s information to get a state identification card or driver’s license, you should be aware of the technology now being deployed and also aware of the repercussions that you will face if you are caught and arrested.

If you are an illegal immigrant, or someone with a work visa that is expired or set to expire and you get caught or arrested for falsifying documents or identity fraud, you can be deported and subject to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, also known as Immigration and Nationalization Services (INS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) holds being placed on you while your case moves forward and then deported once it has been completed or resolved. This means you can remain in jail, not able to be free on bail while your case is decided. Even more important is that upon conclusion of your case, you can be deported and not allowed back into the United States.

The more common crimes that are being committed in the Reno, Sparks and Washoe County surrounding areas are when someone takes the information or documentation of a friend or family member in the local Nevada DMV in an attempt to fraudulently apply for a driver’s license. Both the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agencies have seen a rise in the number of family members using each other’s identity in an attempt to use it for work or because they are not a legal resident and do not have a social security number.

If you or loved one has been arrested for fraud or any other criminal charges, contact our criminal defense team at Joey Gilbert Law for a free confidential consultation. We can help! Call (775) 574-4774.


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