Just about every teen wishes they were old enough to go to a new local club or buy a bottle of liquor, but what most do not realize is that using a fake ID, even just once, could lead to serious legal trouble. Most people justify the use of fake IDs by claiming it is a victimless crime, but they aren’t.
Before you set out to use a fake ID card this Saturday night, you may want to familiarize yourself with the consequences.
You Could be Convicted of a Felony
Depending on the state you’re arrested in, even possessing a fake ID (without using it), could result in a felony. In Florida, any unauthorized possession of a person’s identification could be charged as a third degree felony.
Fraud Charges Could be Applied
It’s not only illegal to be in possession of a fake ID or someone else’s ID, but you may be charged with fraud – even if you did not use the ID. Also, any crimes youcommitted while in possession of the fake identification card, such as purchasing alcohol, could be held against you in addition to the fraud charges.
Your License Could be Revoked or Postponed
If you already have a driver’s license, the courts make revoke it for possessing a fake ID. Also, if you have not yet obtained a driver’s license (because you are not of age), the courts may postpone the year at which you could get one. For example, the courts may require that you wait until you are 18 instead of 16.
A Criminal Record Follows You for Life
If you are a minor, your criminal record could be expunged or sealed – not affecting your future. But, if you are over 18 and caught with a fake identification, you could have a criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life. You may find it difficult to get a job, obtain housing or even join the military. If charged with fraud, you could be seen as dishonest and untrustworthy the rest of your life.
Also, you could face parole or probation, which means you may have to report to a probation officer for an extended period of time – and if you violate probation, you could spend time in jail.
When you buy or having someone fabricatea fake ID, you provide them with some of your personal information. By doing so, you put yourself at risk for someone else creating a fake ID in your name or worse, stealing your identity.
Caught with a Fake ID? Call a Lawyer Right Away
If you are caught using or in possession of a fake ID, contact a criminal attorney Miami right away. You cannot risk being charged with a felony nor having a criminal record ruin your life. Contact the attorneys at Anderson O’Sullivan & Associates today for a free consultation by calling 305-379-8688.
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