Misrepresentation of age occurs when a person lies or otherwise deceives another person regarding their age in order to obtain a benefit or rights that would otherwise be denied to them. These types of violations are usually committed by minors, so the charges often read “Misrepresentation of Age by a Minor.” However, misrepresentation of age can occur in many other settings and may be committed by many different persons or groups of persons.
Misrepresentation of age can occur in many settings. These can include:
- Fraudulent intent on an immigration application (especially falsifying one’s age for marriage visa purposes)
- Lying on a job application or on a resume
- Misrepresentation in a legal contract (some states do not allow persons to enter into a contract if they are not of a certain age)
- Verbal misrepresentations in various settings
- Using fake IDs for purchasing alcohol, entering nightclubs, etc.
There are many other instances in which a person can misrepresent their age, such as in relation to social security, retirement, marriage, and other issues.
Penalties for misrepresenting one’s age can result in some serious legal penalties. These may include:
- Misdemeanor charges (especially for misrepresentation of age by a minor)
- Denial of rights that the person was applying for
- Loss of various other privileges and benefits
Misdemeanor charges may result in up to a year of jail time and/or criminal fines. Since many of these cases involve minors, the defendant may often face consequences for minors such as time in a juvenile detention or community service programs.
Misrepresenting one’s age can lead to some serious legal issues. You may need to hire a qualified criminal lawyer if you need help with misrepresentation charges. An attorney can provide you with legal advice on how to approach your case. Also, your lawyer will be able to advise you regarding possible legal defenses, and can represent you during court meetings and hearings.