New Facial Recognition Software is Catching Old North Carolina DMV ID Fraud

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North Carolina's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) uses a facial recognition program to prevent fraud and to protect people's identities. If you went into the DMV with someone else’s identity documents within the past 5 to 20 years to get a fake ID there’s a good chance the new facial recognition software will discover your identity fraud.

If you went into the DMV with someone else’s identity documents (social security card, birth certificate etc.) and took a photo posing to be that other person your identity fraud will likely be discovered by this new technology.  Only recently the DMV has updated their systems where they see your photos when you apply for a new license.

We have clients who took a friend or family member’s identity documents into the DMV to get an ID that showed their photo on their friend or family members ID card.  If this kind of identity fraud was done for the purpose of getting into bars or clubs before the age of 21 then generally there are good options available.  If the identity fraud was done for other purposes including immigration purposes or to commit identity theft and charge bills to this other person then the options are limited and felony charges are likely.

As an example a 20 year old student could go into the DMV with a 21 year old friend’s birth certificate and social security card and claim the he was the 21 year old and had lost his license.  The DMV did not have software to show them the old pictures so they would accept the identity documents and make them a new ID.  The ID would have the 20 year old’s photo on a license with the 21 year old’s name and identity info.

If you used a friend or family member’s identity documents to have the North Carolina DMV create a fake ID with your photo and your friend or family members name and personal information we can help.  If this was done solely for use in bars and clubs and nothing else then you might have some good options.  Please call Attorney Wiley Nickel for a free consultation about what we can do to help.  In these situations we find that actively engaging with the DMV investigators early in the process can help to avoid felony charges.  If you are contacted by a DMV Agent about this type of fraud you should contact a lawyer immediately.  We find that if you try to ignore the situation your DMV driving privilege will be suspended and you will likely face serious felony charges.

If you have committed this type of fraud for less culpable purposes of getting into bars a few months before your 21st birthday or are contacted by a NC DMV Agent we can help.  Call 919-585-1486 for a free consultation with North Carolina DMV Defense Lawyer Wiley Nickel.  We will walk you through the process and outline the steps you can take to remove the suspension from your license and hopefully avoid felony charges before they are filed.

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Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.