Each year, fake IDs (identification cards) are used all around the world. While underage college students trying to buy alcohol use some fake IDs, some use them with a more malicious intent. In any case, possessing and using a fake ID is illegal and can result in serious consequences, including jail time. If you are in possession of a fake ID or are thinking about using an ID other than your own, consider this information first before you find yourself in trouble:
The Consequences of Having a Fake ID
It is not surprising that fake IDs are regularly used throughout the United States, particularly by college students. In fact, a study supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that more than 32 percent of college freshmen possess and frequently use a fake ID. Although many tend to believe that using a fake ID is not a big deal, if you are caught in possession of a fake ID, you could face the following repercussions:
– Fraudulent Charges
– Misdemeanor Charges
– Felony Charges
– License Revocation
– Permanent Criminal Record
– Jail Time
The consequences of using a fake ID run the gamut depending on how the fake ID was used. While using a fake ID to get into a nightclub might not tout serious consequences, using a fake ID to purchase a firearm can result in a felony charge and seven years in prison. Ultimately, the consequences for using a fake ID depend on the specific situation, but using a fake ID is always illegal.
When to Seek Legal Guidance
If you or a loved one is facing charges for using a fake ID, knowing when to seek legal guidance is important. The legal team at the Khonsari Law Group possesses the necessary experience to guide you through this trying time. We will work with you to garner the best outcome possible for your situation. In some cases, an attorney may be able to minimize your sentence or possibly expunge a prior conviction, so it is important to seek legal assistance as soon as possible.
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