Fake IDs may be commonplace around a college campus, but they can cause quite a problem for their owners if discovered. While many underage students believe their fake IDs are no big deal, recent reports show otherwise. The legal risks of carrying a fake ID are pretty worrisome and could result in jail time.
What Happens if you Are Caught With a Fake ID?
The bouncer or bartender may confiscate your illegal license or passport and give it to the police. Undercover police are often in the bar or outside, so in some cases, bartenders and bouncers can quickly pass the illegal documents on to authorities at the scene. Once a cop knows you have a fake ID, he or she can arrest you and charge you with a misdemeanor. Most commonly, getting caught with a fake ID is considered a charge or criminal possession of a forged instrument in the third degree, but this charge does vary from state to state.
You Can Get Arrested for a Fake ID?
Yes! And in some states such as Florida and Illinois, possessing a fake ID is considered a felony! While you probably won’t go to jail for being a first-time offender, how you used the ID changes the sentence and charges. If you used it to get into a bar, that’s a lesser charge, but if you used it to impersonate someone for financial gain, that is a more serious charge that can cost you jail time. Still, those who use a fake ID to purchase alcohol or tobacco can lose their driver’s license for up to two years in New Jersey or can be put on probation.
Creating or providing illegal IDs is an even worse offense than owning one. In Newark, a man was recently sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release for his participation in the production and sale of illegal IDs for immigrants. One of his partners received six years in prison for his role in the illegal ID production as well.
Creating a fake ID for yourself or friends may seem like a quick way to save or make a few bucks, but in the end, the risks and consequences are drastically higher because the charges change from possession of forged instruments to forgery. Fake IDs may seem innocent, but in the long run they can cost your serious money, jail time, and potential jobs. Having forgery on your record may result in companies finding you untrustworthy and ruin your chances of getting a job.
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