Q: Can I be forced to use my business name rather than my true given name by police?
I registered my legal name with the SOS as a sol proprietorship. I was stopped by police for no license plates on my bike. I don't have a license. when cop asked me for id i told him i don't have one. when i tried to tell him my true and proper christian name he only wanted to know the name I provided on my drivers license application. I told him my given name and my surname at which time he went to his car came back and arrested me. obviously he needed to identify the entity name on an old license and not my true name. Isn't that indentured servitude? I told him I had the assumed name statement but he refused to see it charging me under my business name instead.
A: First off this scenario is not indentured servitude because answering questions fielded by a police officer hardly equated to any form of slavery . Secondly, providing false information to a police officer investigating your true identity is a crime . Your clue was when officer asked for name on DMV application that should have alerted you to respond accordingly. Police contacts are serious and should be best handled with care and caution so you can protect all your rights and avoid arrest in the future.
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