My fiance went to jail at Jasper city for giving a police officer a false name. He has to go to court to plea guilty or innocent. What is the punishment for giving a false name?
See, Code of Alabama, 1975, section 13A-9-18.1: 'Giving of false name or address to a law enforcement officer.' which states: "(a) A person commits the crime of giving a false name or address to a law enforcement officer if the person gives a false name or address to a law enforcement officer in the course of the officer's official duties with intent to mislead the officer. (b) Giving a false name or address to a law enforcement officer is a Class A misdemeanor."
A Class A misdemeanor carries a penalty of incarceration of up to one year and a fine of up to $6000, if sentenced in a state court. See section Section 11-45-9 'Penalties which may be imposed for violations of ordinances.' for municipal courts: "(a) Municipal ordinances may provide penalties of fines, imprisonment, hard labor, or one or more of such penalties for violation of ordinances. (b) Except as otherwise provided in this section, no fine shall exceed five hundred dollars ($500), and no sentence of imprisonment or hard labor shall exceed six months."
Your fiance might not be giving you all of the facts. When I was a police officer, people gave me false names frequently. They went to jail because there was a reason they gave me a false name. It generally meant they knew they had warrants out for them and hoped I would not find out. I put them in jail because you don't need positive identification to go to jail. You need it to get out.
While in jail, they are checking his real name to see if another law enforcement agency has warrants for him and whether that agency wants to come get him. No matter how these charges go, there are likely more.
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