Dallas Failure to Identify Attorney

In Texas, it is a criminal offense to refuse to identify yourself to a police officer if you are under arrest.  Once arrested, you are required to provide your full legal name, place of residence, and date of birth.  By law, your failure to identify is considered a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.  If, rather than refusing to identify yourself, it is alleged that you provide false information to the police as to your identity, you will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, for which the penalty range includes up to 180 days in the county jail, and a fine of up to $2000.  At the time of the offense, if it is alleged that you were a fugitive from justice (i.e., because an active arrest warrant was pending against you), you will face charges that are even more serious.  More specifically, failure to ID/refusal is enhanced to a Class B misdemeanor, and failure to ID/fugitive becomes a Class A misdemeanor, which includes a penalty range of up to one year in the county jail, and up to a $4000 fine.