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    Default Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Identification

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Washington
    My friend go caught using her friends id. Her friend let her use the id, She’s a minor and when she got caught she says that the cops are charging her with theft with the intent to sell. Idk if that’s the correct charge because when I️ looked I‎t like I‎t was Unlawful acts relating to identification or certification card. Where should she go from there? And is I‎t better for her to just take the theft with intent to sell charge?

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    Where she should go is to a lawyer. Other than that, there's not enough information to even hazard a guess. I suspect you're talking about RCW 9A.56.340, but absent knowing the particulars (which you will not likely know, and neither will your "friend") we can't provide other information.

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    I guess my follow up question would be is RCW 9A.56.340 the correct charge for using somebody elses id?

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    Edit: Not unless she was trying to sell the ID.

    RCW 9A.56.340
    Theft with the intent to resell.
    (1) A person is guilty of theft with the intent to resell if he or she commits theft of property with a value of at least two hundred fifty dollars from a mercantile establishment with the intent to resell the property for monetary or other gain.
    (2) The person is guilty of theft with the intent to resell in the first degree if the property has a value of one thousand five hundred dollars or more. Theft with the intent to resell in the first degree is a class B felony.
    (3) The person is guilty of theft with the intent to resell in the second degree if the property has a value of at least two hundred fifty dollars, but less than one thousand five hundred dollars. Theft with the intent to resell in the second degree is a class C felony.
    (4) For purposes of this section, a series of thefts committed by the same person from one or more mercantile establishments over a period of one hundred eighty days may be aggregated in one count and the sum of the value of all the property shall be the value considered in determining the degree of the theft with the intent to resell involved. Thefts committed by the same person in different counties that have been aggregated in one county may be prosecuted in any county in which one of the thefts occurred.

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    Quote Quoting Jyuki101
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    I guess my follow up question would be is RCW 9A.56.340 the correct charge for using somebody elses id?
    Using it for what purpose?

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    That was what the officer had said the charge when she got caught using her friends ID at a bar. She hadn't stolen the ID and had no intention of selling it so were really confused why that was the charge.

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    You are hearing all this secondhand and either you or your friend is getting it wrong. This is why those on this forum want the person with the issue to post.

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    Default Re: Getting Caught Using Some One Else’s Id

    There are multiple charges possible in Washington revolving around the use of another’s ID. These range from misdemeanors that typically result in a fine to felonies that can result in prison time. The circumstances and how the ID was used determines what the appropriate charge would be. Without knowing the specific statute your “friend” is charged with, nobody can say more.

    If your “friend” simply used a non-stolen ID to get into an alcohol establishment, and nothing else, the appropriate charge would be 66.44.310 or similar local ordinance. That is a misdemeanor that typically results in a fine.

    Keep in mind, if your “friend” had permission from the person to whom the ID belonged, that person can be charged with a crime too.
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