Criminal consequences of getting caught with a fake ID

The use of fake identification among high school and college students in order to obtain alcohol before the legal alcohol purchasing age of 21 is more common than one might think. It has become a hugely accepted and widely used practice among adolescents. In fact, after a recent study surveyed 1,000 students from a university in the United States, it was found that around two thirds of undergraduates had at one time used a fake ID to purchase alcohol during their time in college. Use of fake IDs can be attributed to more than just purchasing alcohol, however. Those with possession of a fake ID may use it in order to avoid an expensive cover charge for underage individuals, or to gain access to a club that is exclusively for ages 21 or older.

Because the use of fake IDs is so prevalent and popular, many seem to downplay the risks associated with attempting to use one. They seem to believe that shop owners or police officers simply “won’t care” or “will cut you some slack” if you’re a young college kid. Please understand that this is not always the case. If you are caught with or attempting to use a fake ID in the state of Florida, you can be charged with Possession of an Unauthorized Driver License which is a 3rd degree Felony which carries up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000.00 fine according to Florida Statute Section 322.212. In addition to the fake ID charge, the police may choose to charge you with other misdemeanors, such as trespassing.

Obviously, the message here is: DO NOT TRY TO USE A FAKE ID! You may get caught, and if you are, you could have a felony placed on your record for the rest of your life. If you find yourself in a situation where you are in trouble with the law regarding the use or possession of a fake ID, it is important to contact a qualified attorney who can best mitigate the potential consequences.  You may qualify for a diversion program or a reduction of the charge to a lesser included offense.  It is always a good idea to have an attorney if you have been charged criminally.

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